Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

2 rescued, 1 missing after Louisiana tug capsizes

Mar. 19, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

MYRTLE GROVE, La. (AP) — The captain of a tug boat is missing but two crew members were rescued after the vessel capsized in the Mississippi River in Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard says the Seattle Slew overturned near Myrtle Grove downstream from New Orleans around 8 p.m. Monday. Petty Officer Brandon...

Surfman transitions to heavy weather station

Mar. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — New Coast Guard station chief Carlos Hessler's last posting included Depoe Bay, Oregon, where vessels must navigate waves breaking through a hole cut in a 40-foot high rock wall to get in and out of a tiny harbor. Hessler attained his surfman certification, the highest rank in Coast...

The Latest: Weather service confirms 4 tornadoes in Michigan

Mar. 15, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

VERNON, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on a powerful storm system moving through the Midwest (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Authorities say four tornadoes touched down in mid-Michigan during a fast-moving storm that swept across the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Danny Costello says two tornadoes...

Midwest flooding forces evacuations, closing of road, river

Mar. 15, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the central U.S. on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a difficult spring flooding season. The...

Tug sinks; all safe; Mississippi River closed at Baton Rouge

Mar. 14, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Mississippi River has been closed at Baton Rouge because a towboat sank at the anchorage there. Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Giles says the Michelle Anne went under after hitting another boat's anchor chain about 11 a.m. Thursday. He says the four crew members all climbed...

Crews search for swimmer missing in ocean off Santa Monica

Mar. 13, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Rescue crews are searching for a swimmer missing in the ocean off Santa Monica. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says dive operations began late Tuesday morning and were resumed around dawn Wednesday. A lifeguard team remained on the scene overnight to scan the water...

Officer accused of making hit list pleads not guilty

Mar. 11, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard officer accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists pleaded not guilty on Monday to drug and firearms charges. An attorney for Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, entered the plea on his behalf at an arraignment on...

Coast Guard medevacs passenger from ship off San Diego

Mar. 11, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 74-year-old man who became ill aboard a cruise ship off San Diego was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew. The vessel Emerald Princess requested Coast Guard assistance around 6:30 p.m. Sunday for a passenger with symptoms of a heart attack and gastrointestinal distress. An MH-60...

Coast Guard rescues 2 fishermen from sinking boat

Mar. 10, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Two people have been rescued from a sinking fishing boat near New York's Fishers Island. Coast Guard officials in Connecticut say the fishing crew reported their 55-foot commercial vessel started taking on significant water at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday while in the Long Island Sound....

Dozens rescued after being trapped on Lake Erie ice floe

Mar. 9, 2019 6:45 PM EST

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheet of ice holding fishermen on Lake Erie broke loose in windy weather Saturday morning, sending many of them scrambling to safety but leaving nearly four dozen stranded on the floe for three hours more than a mile offshore until emergency crews could rescue them. About 100 of...