Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Boaters rescued by Coast Guard after their boat runs aground

Jan. 18, 2022 08:59 AM EST

HOPEDALE, La. (AP) — Three boaters were in stable condition at a hospital after being rescued when their boat ran aground, authorities said. The boaters were airlifted from their flat-bottom boat Sunday evening in the Hopedale area, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The...

Diver dies after going missing near California oil platform

Jan. 17, 2022 13:00 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A commercial diver who went missing in the ocean near an oil platform off Southern California was found dead, authorities said. The search began Sunday morning in the area surrounding the oil processing facility known as platform Elly, about 5 miles...

Pilot, passenger presumed dead in Louisiana helicopter crash

Jan. 14, 2022 22:44 PM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A pilot and passenger are presumed dead after the crash Friday of a helicopter in a south Louisiana marsh, a local government official said. The sheriff's office in coastal Lafourche Parish got a call from a witness who saw the aircraft going down about 10:15...

Ashes of Winter the movie star dolphin released into Gulf

Jan. 13, 2022 17:11 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The ashes of Winter the dolphin were returned to the sea on Thursday, about two months after the beloved marine mammal of movie fame died at a Florida aquarium. Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff members released a Himalayan sea salt urn containing Winter's...

Costa Concordia is gone, but horror lingers 10 years later

Jan. 13, 2022 16:38 PM EST

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Fog horns wailed and church bells tolled Thursday as Italy honored the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia shipwreck on the 10th anniversary of the disaster, with a commemoration that recalled the moment the cruise ship struck a reef and capsized off the Tuscan island of...

Coast Guard rescues 176 Haitians from sailboat off Florida

Jan. 11, 2022 15:19 PM EST

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard pulled 176 Haitians from an overloaded, unseaworthy wooden sailing vessel as it approached the Florida Keys, officials said. The rescue effort unfolded on Monday after a flight crew with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine...

How did a giant buoy become a Key West tourist attraction?

Jan. 09, 2022 03:11 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 20-ton concrete buoy, which marks the Southernmost Point and 90 miles to Cuba, is one of Key West’s famous landmarks. Tourists flock to the marker every day to take photos, snap selfies, buy a souvenir or two. But how did such a magnet arrive in 1983 on an...

Coast Guard announces safety rules after deadly boat fire

Jan. 07, 2022 20:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Coast Guard has announced new safety rules following a deadly blaze that killed 34 people on a scuba diving boat off the California coast more than two years ago, including installation of fire detection and suppression equipment. The Labor Day 2019 fire...

2 men rescued in Oregon after writing 'SOS' in the snow

Jan. 02, 2022 16:00 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Two 19-year-old men who went winter camping were rescued near Eugene, Oregon, by the U.S. Coast Guard after signaling for help by writing an “SOS” sign in the snow. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the two men went camping near Swastika Mountain southeast of...

Search suspended for missing kayaker on North Carolina coast

Jan. 01, 2022 19:01 PM EST

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said it has suspended its search for a missing kayaker along the North Carolina coast. The maritime service said in a news release Saturday that rescue crews had searched an area of 268 square miles for about 24 hours. ...