Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Container ship runs aground on Mississippi River

Mar. 28, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

POYDRAS, La. (AP) — Traffic restrictions on the Mississippi River have been lifted after a container ship that ran aground was back underway, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Saturday. The container ship, called the Belita, ran aground around 3:20 a.m. Friday near mile marker 81 near Poydras, close to the...

Doctor charged with intentionally coughing on health workers

Mar. 27, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut doctor has been accused of intentionally coughing on two other UConn Health workers and disregarding social distancing and other safety precautions aimed at preventing spread of the coronavirus. UConn police issued a misdemeanor breach of peace summons...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Judge won't halt salvage of capsized ship on Georgia coast

Mar. 26, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge ruled she will not halt removal of a capsized cargo ship along the Georgia coast while a salvage company that lost the job to a competitor sues the U.S. Coast Guard. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said an injunction delaying work to dismantle...

Mild winter reduces springtime flood risk in New England

Mar. 26, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

A mild winter is giving emergency management officials one less thing to worry about: The spring flooding risk is reduced in New England. There's a lower-than-average risk of ice jams causing river backups and flooding in most of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the National Weather Service said. There's still...

Coast Guard crew rescues man in boat near Dry Tortugas

Mar. 24, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 70-year-old man experiencing chest pains from his boat off the Florida coast on Monday, the agency said in a news release. The man was aboard his 42-foot boat the Indigo Falcon near near Dry Tortugas National Park, officials said. The man notified the...

Search underway for small plane near North Carolina coast

Mar. 24, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says its crews are searching for survivors of a plane that crashed near the North Carolina coast. The Coast Guard said in a statement Tuesday that two people were reportedly on board the Cessna aircraft. It dropped from the radar about 12 miles southeast of...

Alaska maritime cargo companies not expecting virus shutdown

Mar. 17, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two of Alaska’s major maritime cargo companies are confident the coronavirus outbreak will not disrupt shipments. Matson Inc. and TOTE Maritime Alaska LLC send two container ships with hundreds of thousands of pounds of cargo from the Port of Tacoma in Washington state to...

Tugboat crash sinks 2 barges of grain in Mississippi River

Mar. 16, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

LULING, La. (AP) — A tugboat leading a train of barges of grain crashed into a Louisiana bridge, causing two of the barges to sink in the Mississippi River. The tugboat, identified as Cooperative Spirit, collided with the Luling Bridge early Sunday morning, news outlets reported. Two of the 29 barges being...

Man riding ATV rescued from ice at Lake Champlain

Mar. 13, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MILLS POINT, Vt. (AP) — A man who fell through the ice at Lake Champlain was found standing on top of his all-terrain vehicle, which was submerged, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard said the man was 30 yards from shore, near Mills Point, Vermont, on Thursday. Crews from the Burlington station...

Annual ice breaking ritual begins at Duluth-Superior harbor

Mar. 11, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter has started ice breaking activities in the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior, an annual ritual that signals the approach of spring. The cutter Alder began cleared the channels Tuesday for the upcoming shipping season. It's so the 1,000-foot long ships loaded...