Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Search suspended days after deadly collision off Texas coast

Jan. 17, 2020 4:57 AM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Days after a fishing boat's collision with a chemical tanker just off the Texas coast left one person dead, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for two fishermen. The Coast Guard and its partners “completed over 10 sorties, searched over nine hours” and covered...

Air crew escapes serious injury after Aleutians water crash

Jan. 16, 2020 8:09 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An air ambulance taking off from an Aleutian Islands airport experienced an unknown problem within seconds and made an emergency water landing in the ocean, the company's chief executive officer said Thursday. A pilot, a nurse and a paramedic survived with no serious injuries and...

Feds: Smugglers ferry Chinese migrants to Florida in yachts

Jan. 16, 2020 3:50 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities have thwarted two separate attempts by smugglers to bring Chinese migrants illegally into the U.S. through Florida aboard yachts. Three men are facing human smuggling charges in federal courts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The Miami Herald first reported they are accused of...

Hawaii on lookout for 'ghost net' threatening area sea life

Jan. 16, 2020 9:30 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Reports of a “ghost net” floating off the coast of Hawaii have mariners, pilots and residents on the lookout for the large array of netting that poses a threat to sea life. The U.S. Coast Guard, state Department of Land and Natural Resources and local boating companies have...

Boaters abandon burning ship near Gulf Coast

Jan. 16, 2020 8:35 AM EST

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Three people who abandoned their ship after it caught fire near the Gulf Coast have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The fire happened Wednesday evening near Dauphin Island, Alabama, news outlets reported. The commercial snapper fishermen were able to escape onto a life...

1 killed, 2 missing after fishing boat hits tanker in bay

Jan. 15, 2020 9:33 PM EST

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A member of a fishing boat crew was killed and two others are missing after their 81-foot craft collided with a 600-foot chemical tanker near the entrance to Galveston Bay just off the Texas coast, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The fishing boat Pappy's Pride capsized after...

This photo from video provided by Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston shows firefighters rescuing the crew from a capsized crab boat in the harbor at Coos Bay, Ore., late Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, 2020. Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of the capsized boat. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves late Tuesday and then got caught on rocks in a jetty in Coos Bay as the tide went out. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on a routine training mission spotted the vessel and launched a rescue, the agency said in a news release. (Rob Gensorek of Basin Tackle Charleston via AP)

Crab fishermen survive harrowing capsize off Oregon coast

Jan. 15, 2020 3:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three men were in good condition early Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of a capsized crab boat off the Oregon coast. Their harrowing rescue was caught on video the night before. The 38-foot (11-meter) Pacific Miner was flipped upside-down by large waves in the middle...

Man with meth on sailboat off Oregon Coast pleads guilty

Jan. 14, 2020 10:27 AM EST

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A 65-year-old man from Canada found having a "possible drug overdose" aboard a sailboat loaded with jugs of liquid methamphetamine has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. KATU-TV reports that prosecutors will recommend John Stirling serve a little over 7 years in prison as part...

Derelict Alaska tugboat comes loose, floats through harbor

Jan. 14, 2020 9:19 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A derelict Alaska tugboat floated away from the spot where it was anchored in Juneau's Gastineau Channel before eventually running aground, officials said. The tug Lumberman traveled several hundred yards from the Juneau docks before coming to rest near the Juneau Yacht Club Saturday,...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, waves crash along the shore of Falcon Cove Beach between the unincorporated community of Arch Cape to the north and Oswald West State Park to the south in Clatsop County, Ore. A 7-year-old girl is dead and her 4-year-old brother is missing after they and their father were swept into the ocean on the Oregon coast amid a high-surf warning. Authorities say the father was holding the two children when a wave swept all three into the water Saturday, Jan. 11 in the Falcon Cove area, south of the community of Cannon Beach. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Witness recalls panic after children swept to sea in Oregon

Jan. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Joanne Cornelius had just finished taking photos of the breathtaking waves and extreme high tide outside her home on the Oregon coast when a frantic woman pounded on her window and asked her to call 911. Children had been washed out to sea by a wave, the woman said. A family visiting...