Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Boat safety law proposed after California fire killed 34

Dec. 12, 2019 9:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of California congressional members have proposed tighter safety standards for small boats after a diving charter vessel burned and sank in September, killing 34 people. Only five people — the captain and four crew members — managed to escape after the 75-foot...

Overturned ship's fuel tanks drained of 320,000 gallons

Dec. 12, 2019 1:26 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Crews have finished draining all of the fuel from an overturned cargo ship three months after it capsized off the coast of Georgia, the team overseeing salvage operations said Thursday. Divers and other workers removed more than 320,000 gallons (1.2 million liters) of oil mixed with...

Ship runs aground near area that could have WWII ordnance

Dec. 12, 2019 1:26 PM EST

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — A fishing vessel has run aground along the North Carolina coast near an area that potentially has military ordnance from World War II. The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement that the boat named Sea Angels ran aground Monday near Browns Inlet. That's about 35 miles (55...

Alaska city and police officer agree to $325K settlement

Dec. 12, 2019 10:22 AM EST

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city has agreed to pay a former detective $325,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he claimed to have been punished for speaking out about problems in the police department, officials said. Officer Ryan Silva's lawsuit against the City and Borough of Sitka also said he was...

Coast Guard starts ice-breaking work in western Great Lakes

Dec. 11, 2019 9:46 PM EST

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Ice-breaking operations were launched in the western Great Lakes, U.S. Coast Guard officials announced Wednesday. Officials said they have started what they call “Operation Taconite” in Lake Superior and Lake Michigan, as well as northern Lake Huron, Georgian...

Congress criticizes how Coast Guard investigates harassment

Dec. 11, 2019 2:12 PM EST

The U.S. Coast Guard's leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations, according to a congressional investigation released Wednesday. The report, called “Righting the Ship,” also found Coast Guard leaders didn't hold officials...

Authorities search for man on Lake Erie after boat flips

Dec. 8, 2019 3:31 PM EST

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Rescue crews searched Sunday for a 51-year-old Michigan man after a 16-foot fishing boat flipped over on Lake Erie in Monroe Township, authorities said. Another boater, a 28-year-old Monroe resident, was rescued from the water and hospitalized for non-life threatening...

Coast Guard, Navy boats collide in Alaska; 9 injured

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard vessel collided with a U.S. Navy boat, injuring nine people, including one critically, off Alaska's Kodiak Island. The accident occurred Wednesday evening in Women's Bay near Kodiak's Coast Guard base, said Lt. Comm. Scott McCann, a Coast Guard Alaska District...

Cold, seasick sailor made 911 call that caused 2-day search

Dec. 5, 2019 12:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 911 call that prompted a two-day search for a sailboat off Maine was made by a sailor who was cold and seasick less than 24 hours after heading to sea, Coast Guard officials said. The crew of the 40-foot “Dove" eventually reported that all was fine as the sailboat traveled...

US Navy seizes suspected Iranian missile parts set for Yemen

Dec. 4, 2019 5:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy warship has seized a “significant cache” of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday, marking the first time that such sophisticated components have been taken en route to the war there. The seizure from a small...