Latest Gulf of Mexico News

Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida....

Apparent pirate attack on ship in Mexico wounds 2 Italians

Nov. 12, 2019 4:37 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats. The Mexican navy...

Missing airman identified as recovery efforts continue

Nov. 10, 2019 4:30 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An airman who is presumed dead in a parachute training exercise off Florida's Panhandle has been identified. According to a military news release, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a special tactics combat controller with 24th Special Operations Wing, part of the Air...

Airman missing in Gulf of Mexico after falling from plane

Nov. 6, 2019 5:50 PM EST

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. military and local Florida law enforcement are searching the Gulf of Mexico for an airman who fell out of a plane during a parachute training exercise. An Air Force news release says the special tactics airman departed a C-130 aircraft Tuesday morning during a planned...

Matt Volz appointed AP's news editor for the Rockies region

Nov. 4, 2019 11:49 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Volz, a longtime correspondent and editor who has covered stories for The Associated Press from the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska, has been appointed Rocky Mountains news editor. From his base in Helena, Montana, Volz will work with all-formats teams of journalists in Colorado,...

2,000-pound great white shark tracked to Gulf of Mexico

Oct. 29, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Scientists say a 15-foot-5-inch (5 meter) great white shark weighing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) has entered the Gulf of Mexico after a journey down the coast from Canada. The Naples Daily News reports that OCEARCH tracked the female shark, named Unama'ki, swimming just south...

The Latest: Olga bringing heavy rains to central Gulf Coast

Oct. 25, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather in the South (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Olga has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it continues churning toward the Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center said Friday night that the cyclone will bring heavy rain and possibly flash...

Cyclone heads to Gulf coast as rain douses Southeast

Oct. 25, 2019 11:04 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Storms with heavy rains doused the drought-parched South on Friday, prompting alerts for floods and tornadoes as Post-Tropical Cyclone Olga headed for the Gulf coast. The National Hurricane Center said Olga, located in the Gulf of Mexico south of Louisiana, would contribute to...

Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf of Mexico; expected to soon merge with cold front, become a post-tropical low

Oct. 25, 2019 4:39 PM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf of Mexico; expected to soon merge with cold front, become a post-tropical low.

US Coast Guard suspends search for pilot in Gulf of Mexico

Oct. 21, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has called off a search in the Gulf of Mexico for a pilot who flew a small aircraft hundreds of miles beyond its intended destination in Louisiana. The search for 63-year-old Steven Stone Schumacher was suspended Sunday. Officials said his family reported him missing...