Latest U.S. Coast Guard News

Coast Guard helps rescue kayakers stranded by choppy seas

Jun. 19, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard had to help nearly a dozen camp kayakers that became stranded in choppy conditions near the San Juan Islands. KOMO reports the 11 kayakers from the YMCA Camp Orkila got into trouble just before 5 p.m. Tuesday when winds rose to 15 knots and small craft advisories...

1 dead in helicopter crash on island off Southern California

Jun. 18, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed in the crash of a helicopter on Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California coast. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the smoldering crash site was located Tuesday during a search at the northwest end of the island. Officials...

San Diego lifeguards find missing man on personal watercraft

Jun. 17, 2019 3:32 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says lifeguards have found a missing man on a personal watercraft near Fiesta Island. At 10:40 p.m. Sunday, city of San Diego lifeguards found the missing man with his disabled personal watercraft. The Coast Guard said he had no medical concerns. The Coast Guard says...

4 rescued in Maryland by Coast Guard, firefighters

Jun. 16, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Coast Guard and a Maryland fire department have rescued people from a vessel taking on water. The Coast Guard issued a news release Saturday saying that the rescue by one of its crews and the Anne Arundel Fire Department happened late the previous evening. Someone on the boat called...

Coast Guard rescues man from cruise ship off North Carolina

Jun. 15, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard has helped take a man from a cruise ship to the mainland for a medical problem. The Coast Guard's Portsmouth, Virginia, command center received a call Friday morning that a passenger on the cruise ship was suffering abdominal pain. Helicopters were then launched from a...

Alaska lodge owners charged nearly $8M for oil spill cleanup

Jun. 14, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The owners and former operator of an Alaska hunting lodge have been ordered to pay nearly $8 million for an oil spill cleanup, a report said. The U.S. Justice Department ordered the repayment by lodge owners Bruce and Yvonne Cooper and former lodge operator and tenant Mark Krall, The...

Hoax "mayday" distress caller vexes Coast Guard in Maryland

Jun. 14, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Coast Guard officials want the public's help in identifying someone they say has been making a "steady stream" of fake distress calls for months. The Coast Guard released audio of the calls Thursday, hoping someone will recognize the voice. The agency says the calls began...

Swollen Mississippi River force southern Illinois evacuation

Jun. 12, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued 17 people and three dogs from floodwaters in Alexander County in southern Illinois. Coast Guard officials said Wednesday small, lightweight, flat bottom boats that are suitable for navigating floodwaters in urban areas were deployed to...

4 Jamaican fishermen detained on Coast Guard ships

Jun. 12, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Jamaican fishermen were detained for nearly a month aboard U.S. Coast Guard vessels in the Caribbean Sea, spending much of their time chained to the deck in the blistering sun while their families believed they were dead, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Coast Guard said...

Man rescued after 800-foot cliff fall at Crater Lake

Jun. 11, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) — A man has been rescued after falling 800 feet down the sheer walls of Crater Lake National Park, the caldera of a dormant volcano in southern Oregon. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the man to safety Monday afternoon, according to a release from the agency. The helicopter...