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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is one of California's deadliest maritime disasters, prompting both criminal and safety investigations into the Sept. 2, 2019 tragedy that claimed the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member on a Labor Day weekend expedition near an island off Santa Barbara. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

Safety board: Lack of oversight blamed for deadly boat fire

Oct. 20, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The lack of oversight by a Southern California boat owner led to a fire that killed 34 people on a 2019 scuba diving excursion, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled Tuesday. The predawn fire aboard the Conception is one of California’s deadliest maritime disasters,...

215-gallon oil spill discovered at Delaware beach

Oct. 20, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

BROADKILL BEACH, Del. (AP) — An approximately 215-gallon oil spill has been discovered at a Delaware beach. The spill from an unknown source spanned three-quarters of a mile of upper Delaware Bay coastline, depositing much of the oil that came ashore in the sand at Broadkill Beach, the Department of...

Land swap makes way for Coast Guard growth in South Carolina

Oct. 20, 2020 4:18 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A land swap in South Carolina will give the U.S. Coast Guard the opportunity to expand there. The swap involves part of Veterans Terminal along the Cooper River in North Charleston. On Monday, the State Ports Authority said it will sell 76.5 acres to the Coast Guard for $4.54...

Top military leaders cleared to return to work at Pentagon

Oct. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leaders have been cleared to return to work at the Pentagon after having self-quarantined as a precaution following the positive COVID-19 test of a senior Coast Guard official in early October. The go-ahead to resume work from the Pentagon was given last week, in...

This photo provided by Carnival Cruise Line shows people after being rescued by a Carnival Cruise Line ship off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. It was not immediately clear why the smaller boat came under distress, but its passengers were taken on board the Carnival Sensation when the boat started taking on water. (Carnival Cruise Line  via AP)

Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coast

Oct. 18, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — A Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles (about 60 kilometers) off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday. It was not immediately clear why the smaller boat came under distress, but its passengers were taken...

Coast Guard saves 3 people, 3 dogs from water; boat sinks

Oct. 13, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The Coast Guard pulled three people and three dogs from the water Tuesday after their shrimp boat sank off Mississippi. Two of the people were holding onto a life ring and one to a floating board, and none was wearing a life vest when rescued Tuesday morning near Pascagoula, a...

Lightning strikes Washington State Ferry

Oct. 12, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — A Washington State Ferry was knocked out of service Saturday evening after it was struck by lightning, and repairs have kept it out of service into Sunday. KOMO-TV reports the M/V Puyallup was near the Edmonds ferry dock on its Edmonds-Kingston run when the lightning strike hit,...

Boat with 23 Haitian migrants stopped off Florida coast

Oct. 12, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — U.S. officials say they have stopped a boat off the Atlantic coast carrying 23 Haitian migrants who were being smuggled into Florida by two Bahamian men. The U.S. Coast Guard said 15 Haitian male migrants and 8 Haitian female migrants were detained in a Friday operation, and one of...

Lightning knocks Washington state ferry out of service

Oct. 11, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A passenger ferry in Washington State was struck by lightning that impacted its navigation system and temporarily knocked the ferry out of service. The M/V Puyallup was near the dock in Edmonds during a run between Edmonds and Kingston when it was hit by lightning Saturday evening. NN one...

Florida boy, 11, helps with grandparents' rescue at sea

Oct. 10, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are praising an 11-year-old boy for staying calm, assisting them and following directions for more than an hour as his grandparents drifted away from their boat during a Florida Keys excursion. The Miami Herald reported the three were rescued by police, the U.S. Coast...