Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Nov. 14, 2018 6:54 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget...

Coast Guard Academy honors pilot for heroism in 1986 rescue

Nov. 11, 2018 10:01 AM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Coast Guard Academy graduate who won praise for the 1986 rescue of two people from a plane crash in a lake has been inducted into the service academy's Hall of Heroes. Mark Feldman piloted a helicopter that pulled the two victims from Lake St. Clair in Ontario, Canada, after...

86 Haitian migrants rescued from packed, dangerous freighter

Nov. 11, 2018 3:30 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Coast Guard officials have rescued nearly 100 Haitian migrants from a dangerously overloaded freighter. Miami Coast Guard officials said their helicopter crew spotted the overcrowded, 40-foot sail freighter near Cuba on Saturday. Officials deployed a cutter from Key West to rescue the...

Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17

Nov. 8, 2018 5:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The captain of a tourist boat that sank in southwest Missouri and killed 17 people, including nine members of an Indiana family, didn't tell passengers to put on flotation devices or prepare them to abandon ship even after waves crashed into the boat during a severe storm, according...

Man pleads guilty in wife's disappearance at sea

Nov. 5, 2018 5:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A man with dual British and Australian citizenship whose newlywed wife went missing at sea as the couple sailed off the Bahamas on a belated honeymoon pleaded guilty Monday to an involuntary manslaughter charge in federal court. Lewis Bennett, 41, entered the plea at a hearing Monday in Miami....

Authorities: 1 swimmer dead, 1 missing in Lake Michigan

Nov. 5, 2018 3:55 PM EST

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a 46-year-old man has died and a 52-year-old woman is missing after going swimming in hazardous waters in Lake Michigan near a Chicago suburb. The city of Highland Park says in a statement the Elgin woman and the Itasca man were part of a group of about 10 people...

Plea deal apparently reached in newlywed's disappearance

Nov. 2, 2018 2:54 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lewis Bennett has insisted he never knew what happened to his wife, who disappeared at sea last year during their sailing honeymoon. That is apparently about to change. Court documents filed Friday in Miami federal court indicate Bennett, 41, has accepted a plea deal in the May...

APNewsBreak: Racial bias probed at Coast Guard Academy

Nov. 1, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and inadequate follow-up by the school's leadership, the agency said Thursday. The investigation will bring a new layer of scrutiny to the...

The Latest: Coast Guard Academy cooperating with probe

Nov. 1, 2018 3:06 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's investigation into allegations of racial discrimination at the Coast Guard Academy (all times local): 3 p.m. A spokesman for the Coast Guard Academy says it is fully cooperating with an investigation into its...

84 Haitian migrants found adrift near Turks and Caicos

Oct. 31, 2018 4:42 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of Haitian migrants were found adrift in an overloaded boat near the Turks and Caicos Islands. A U.S. Coast Guard crew found 84 people crowded into a 42-foot boat on Sunday about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of the British territory. Cmdr. Randall Chong said in a statement Tuesday...