Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters in Virginia

Jul. 15, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for two recreational boaters missing since a collision with an oyster barge Saturday on Virginia's James River. Coast Guard officials announced Sunday afternoon that the effort was suspended after searching more than 200 square miles since...

2 missing, 4 rescued from James River boat collision

Jul. 14, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Two boaters are missing but four people have been rescued after a collision between a recreational boat and an oyster barge on Virginia's James River. The Coast Guard says the collision occurred Saturday morning near Portsmouth. Good Samaritans rescued four people from the water....

Coast Guard Academy to offer new major in cyber systems

Jul. 13, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is now offering an academic program in cyber systems, its first new major in a quarter century. The program beginning this fall reflects the maritime service's evolution toward conducting operations in cyberspace as it does at sea and by air, said Capt....

Alaska plane survivor: 'For those wondering I'm alive'

Jul. 12, 2018 1:07 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Ginny Hacker Eiseman spent the weekend reeling in a bounty of colorful fish at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club on remote Noyes Island in Alaska. She was returning home to Ketchikan when the unthinkable happened. The chartered Taquan Air flight that she and 10 others were on crashed Tuesday...

The Latest: Pilot says he tried to avoid mountainous terrain

Jul. 11, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in southeast Alaska (all times local): 2 p.m. The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Alaska says he tried unsuccessfully to avoid the mountainous terrain the plane hit. Clint Johnson is with the National Transportation Safety Board. He says an...

Correction: Alaska-Plane Crash story

Jul. 11, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a story July 10 about a plane crash in Alaska, The Associated Press, relying on information from Alaska State Troopers, reported erroneously the name of the pilot. Troopers now say the pilot was Mike Hudgins. A corrected version of the story is below: 11 rescued after plane crashes...

The Latest: Company says its cooperating after Alaska crash

Jul. 10, 2018 8:14 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in Alaska (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A company that offers scheduled flights and sightseeing tours says it canceled all of its scheduled services Tuesday after one of its flights crashed in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Taquan...

Coast Guard recovers body of man missing from cruise ship

Jul. 10, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

CAPE FLATTERY, Wash. (AP) — A Coast Guard helicopter crew has recovered the body of a cruise ship passenger who went overboard off the coast of Washington state. The U.S. Coast Guard says the crew recovered the unresponsive man Tuesday afternoon from the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The man was...

Politician rescued by Coast Guard while campaigning on yacht

Jul. 9, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A candidate for governor in Rhode Island had to be rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday after his yacht hit a rock while blasting music at beachgoers to draw attention to his campaign. Joe Trillo thanked first responders Monday for rescuing him and three others near Charlestown,...

75 pounds of floating cocaine recovered off Florida coast

Jul. 8, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A floating bale of cocaine has been recovered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida. Citing a U.S. Coast Guard release, news outlets report more than 75 pounds (35 kilograms) of cocaine was found in the package on Sunday. The release says a "good Samaritan" notified authorities of the...