Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ DUTERTE TRIP TO...

2 firefighters of Florida, Virginia missing on fishing trip

Aug. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two firefighters from Florida and Virginia have gone missing on a fishing trip off Port Canaveral, prompting 50 fellow firefighters to help with a wide search. The Coast Guard and other agencies are looking for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker who were boating toward a fishing...

Diver missing after exploring shipwreck found, rescued

Aug. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

SHARK RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a diver was rescued after she was reported missing by her dive group while exploring an underwater shipwreck in New Jersey over the weekend. Officials say rescue crews responded to an 11:20 a.m. Saturday distress call from the commercial dive vessel Gypsy Blood...

Coast Guard searching for man in Mississippi River

Aug. 17, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a man in the Mississippi River in New Orleans. News outlets report the Coast Guard received a report of a person entering the water at 9:03 a.m. Saturday. The man, described as being in his mid-60s, was seen wearing pajamas with a white shirt. Authorities...

5 rescued after boat overturns following river collision

Aug. 17, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — Five people have escaped serious injury after their boat overturned following a collision with another vessel on the Merrimack River in northeastern Massachusetts. Coast Guard officials say the 21-foot (6.4-meter) Jenna Marie capsized after colliding with the 58-foot (17.7-meter)...

Coast Guard: 4 hurt when ferry ran aground in Boston Harbor

Aug. 16, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A commuter ferry ran aground in fog in Boston Harbor on Friday, injuring four people on board. The captain of the MV Lightning was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision after being "cut off" by a sport fishing boat, said Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay...

Coast Guard reports oil spill in southern Louisiana

Aug. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil spill has been spotted near an estimated 200-foot (61-meter) by 600-foot (183-meter) area of marshland near Plaquemines Parish in southern Louisiana. In a news release, the Coast Guard said late Thursday that OMI Environmental Solutions has put out about 300 feet (91 meters) of...

Coast Guard finds 43 bales of pot floating off California

Aug. 15, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have found 1,300 pounds (590 kilograms) of plastic-wrapped marijuana floating in the ocean near Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast. The Daily News reports Wednesday that the U.S. Coast Guard acting on a tip discovered 43 bales of pot worth about $1...

Teams search for missing swimmer on SC coast

Aug. 12, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (AP) — Crews are looking for a swimmer who is missing on the South Carolina coast at Murrells Inlet. Rescue squads and the U.S. Coast Guard began searching after 21-year-old Roger "Trell" Wigfall of Pawleys Island was reported missing on Sunday afternoon. Wigfall's relatives tell the...

Head of Maine-based Coast Guard cutter relieved of command

Aug. 12, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the commanding officer of a cutter that's homeported in Maine has been relieved of his duties. The Coast Guard says Rear Admiral Andrew Tiongson, the First Coast Guard District Commander, removed Chief Warrant Officer J.L. Horne on Aug. 7. It says in a...