Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Coast Guard to open 3 seasonal stations this week

May. 21, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard is opening three seasonal stations later this week. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that stations Scituate, Massachusetts; Block Island, Rhode Island; and Fishers Island, New York, are scheduled to open Friday and remain open through Labor Day. The stations' crews will...

Work underway on British tanker sunk by U-boat off NY in WW2

May. 20, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Work is underway to extract oil from a British tanker sunk by a German U-boat off Long Island during World War II. A team has been at the site of the tanker, named Coimbra, since April 29 and has pumped more than 62,000 gallons (235,000 liters) of oil since May 11, the Coast Guard...

Washington man arrested for pointing laser at helicopter

May. 20, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities say a Port Angeles, Washington man is under arrest for pointing a laser at a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. U.S. Attorney Brian Moran says Randall Muck was arrested Monday after being indicted by a grand jury last week on charges of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft and...

Alaska man given Coast Guard medal years after girl's rescue

May. 19, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has received the U.S. Coast Guard's second-highest civilian honor for saving a girl from drowning when they were both children more than 20 years ago, a report said. George Lambert received a silver lifesaving medal in Anchorage Saturday for rescuing Pamela Smith, The...

Woman has flown planes all her life _ and isn't slowing down

May. 18, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — As we begin to lift off the ground, the power of a single propeller blade rattles the three of us inside the cockpit. As we ascended a few hundred feet off the ground, my insides have remained anchored to my spine. It's a moment of perspective. I look out my window and see the silhouette...

National seashore on Hatteras Island gets new beach access

May. 17, 2019 4:58 AM EDT

BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — A new beach access and parking area is opening along Cape Hatteras National Seashore. National Park Service officials say the new access opens Friday in Buxton, at a site that previously served as a base for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Buxton Beach Access is located at...

Oil sheen 'barely visible' at site of 14-year-old Gulf leak

May. 16, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

A chronic sheen has become "barely visible" since government contractors installed a new underwater system for capturing and collecting crude at a site in the Gulf of Mexico where oil has been leaking for 14 years, a Coast Guard official said Thursday. A Coast Guard statement describes the installation of the...

Chatham departure of first trans-Atlantic flight recalled

May. 16, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — One hundred years ago, in the early morning hours of May 9, 1919, a watchstander at the Orleans Lifesaving Station saw something he'd never seen before. Perched high on a hill on Little Pochet Island, he had a commanding view of the Atlantic Ocean beyond the barrier beach. Approaching...

Profiles of victims from deadly Alaska mid-air collision

May. 15, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A newly married couple, a pilot who used his family's savings to buy his own plane, a devoted family man from Australia and an office manager at an insurance company with a vivacious personality and a heart of gold were among the six victims in this week's deadly midair collision...

Hand on doomed Oregon ship texted, called wife before death

May. 15, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crew member on a doomed Oregon crabbing vessel that sank in rough seas, killing all three aboard, sent desperate texts to his wife just before his death saying the seas were "real big" and he was putting on his life vest, according to testimony at a U.S. Coast Guard hearing...