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The sailboat Preston Point about 14 miles west of Key West, Fla. The sailboat owners called Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders at approximately 6:30 p.m, Saturday, September 12, stating their engine was disabled, adrift and in danger of capsizing. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Sailors Rescued in Storm Sally off Key West

Two people aboard their sailing vessel Preston Point were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, Sunday, after they were in distress in heavy seas about 14 miles west of Ponce de Leon Bay off Key West, Fla., during Tropical Storm Sally.The sailing vessel's owners called Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders at approximately 6:30 p.m, Saturday, stating the vessel's engine was disabled and that they were adrift and in danger of capsizing. The watchstanders directed the launch of an…

Boats are washed up on shore along the Florida coast during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Stacey Pardini)

Abandoned Fiberglas Boats are Harming the Marine Environment

Where do old boats go to die? The cynical answer is they are put on eBay for a few pennies in the hope they become some other ignorant dreamer’s problem.As a marine biologist, I am increasingly aware that the casual disposal of boats made out of fiberglass is harming our coastal marine life. The problem of end-of-life boat management and disposal has gone global, and some island nations are even worried about their already overstretched landfill.The strength and durability of…

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by TJ Mines)

Man Rescued from Boat Fire on Lake Tahoe

The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a 43 year-old-man whose vessel went up in flames on Lake Tahoe, Monday evening.Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe reporting a 26-foot Cobalt boat on fire near Dollar Point.Watchstanders dispatched a Station Lake Tahoe 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew to the scene.When the crew arrived on scene, the man had been retrieved by a good Samaritan and the man was transferred to the RB-S.“It’s unfortunate the fire escalated so quickly…

File photo: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) (U.S. Army photo by Dakota Young)

US Warship Assists Distressed Sailing Vessel

A U.S. Navy warship came to the aid of a sailing vessel drifting about 150 nautical miles east of the Bahamas on Saturday.After the distressed vessel radioed for help on Friday morning, U.S. Coast Guard District 7 coordinated with USS Mitscher (DDG 57) , the closest ship able to render aid. Mitscher rendezvoused with the vessel later that evening and towed it overnight to the closest port of San Salvador, Bahamas.The 51-foot sailing vessel had a damaged steering shaft and was unable to maneuver.

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i911: Tapping Cellphone Location Data to Save Lives

In recent years the U.S. Coast Guard has identified an increasing trend in the use of cellular phones by the maritime public when communicating distress. In 2018, leadership in the Office of Search and Rescue (SAR) at Coast Guard Headquarters asked the Research and Development Center (RDC) to investigate available technologies that could assist Coast Guard responders in adapting to this trend by leveraging the cellphone’s internal GPS. The RDC, located in New London, Conn., has been serving the Coast Guard for nearly 50 years through research…

The Coast Guard, State of Hawaii, and salvors are working to remove the sailing vessel, Steady Beat, aground near Waikiki Reef Hotel, March 22, 2020. The owner’s insurance company has hired a salvage team to remove the 35-foot, double masted vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Russ Strathern)

Salvors Removing Vessel Aground Off Waikiki

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is working with salvors and the State of Hawaii to remove a sailing vessel that ran aground off Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday.The owner’s insurance company has hired a salvage team to remove the 35-foot, double masted vessel Steady Beat.Coast Guard and State of Hawaii responders continue to monitor the situation for environmental and public safety impacts.Based on mitigation activities, at 10:38 a.m., the federal on-scene coordinator determined the vessel no longer presented a substantial threat of discharge.

The Coast Guard responds to a 63-foot motor vessel, Midway Island, grounded off Ale Ale’a Point, Hilo, February 4, 2020. At 5:33 p.m. Monday, Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from Hilo Fire Department of the grounded vessel on the rocks with a mariner aboard. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Sailing Vessel Runs Aground off Hilo, Hawaii

One mariner has been rescued from a 63-foot motor-sailing vessel that ran aground near Ale Ale’a Point, Hilo Bay, Monday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard said.At 5:33 p.m. Monday, Coast GUard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from Hilo Fire Department of the grounded vessel, named Midway Island, on the rocks northwest of Hilo Harbor with a mariner aboard.Hilo Fire Department responded with engine, fire boat and aircrews Their aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the…

A 36-foot fishing vessel ablaze near Dauphin Island, Ala. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Three Rescued from Burning Fishing Vessel

Three people were rescued from the water after their fishing vessel caught fire near Dauphin Island, Ala., on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.Coast Guard watchstanders in Mobile were alerted at 5:55 p.m. of three people aboard a 36-foot sport fisher Beach S that caught fire in Dauphin Island Bay, approximately a half a mile north of Dauphin Island.The Coast Guard directed the launch of a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island to assist the people.The boatcrew arrived on scene at 6:35 p.m.…

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U.S. Coast Guard District 8

Two Rescued from Disabled Sailboat

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two mariners from their disabled sailing vessel, Rhapsody, approximately 288 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, Thursday afternoon.Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received an emergency position indicating radio beacon alert at 2:13 a.m. Watchstanders directed the launch of a Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew and diverted the LPG tanker Sahara Gas to investigate the location.Once on scene…

A US Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued four men from a life raft on December 15, 2019 after they were forced to abandon the 80-foot sinking yacht, Clam Chowder, approximately 25 nautical miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Yacht Sinks Near Puerto Rico

Four men forced to abandon their sinking motor yacht have been rescued approximately 25 nautical miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, the US. Coast Guard said.At 5:22 a.m. Sunday, watchstanders at Sector San Juan received a VHF radio Channel 16 distress call from the 80-foot yacht Clam Chowder, reporting the vessel’s stern was mostly under water. Despite having multiple pumps energized, the crew of four U.S. citizens from Boston and Florida, said to be the only people aboard at the time of the incident, could not keep up with the flooding.

Photo Caption: In Florida, salvaged recreational vessels will now have “branded” titles. (Photo: BoatUS)

New Florida Boat Title Law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent signing of a recreational boat title bill, the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676), offers recreational boat owners valuable consumer protections and may spur other states to follow suit, says Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The legislation protects consumers from unwittingly purchasing a stolen or storm-tossed boat that has suffered significant hurricane damage by creating a uniform boat titling system that is recognized nationwide as well by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Evac Evolution BWMS Gains IMO Approval

The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco, which has been part of Evac Group since May 2018.The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements which encompass the revised G8 standard and the recently introduced Ballast Water Management Code which has much more robust definitions of the design limitations of the equipment.The Evac Evolution BWMS is also well on its…

U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville

Man Rescued from Disabled Sailboat

The U.S. Coast Guard said it rescued a man from a disabled sailboat Wednesday near North Santee Bay in Georgetown.Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 3:11 p.m. from the operator of the Drippe, a 38-foot sailboat, stating he was disabled and drifting towards rocks.A Coast Guard Station Georgetown 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to assist.The RB-M crew arrived on scene and were unable to reach the disabled vessel due to water depth.

Coast Guard Assists Ailing Man Aboard Sailboat

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted an ailing 77-year-old man aboard a sailboat anchored just off Chesapeake Beach Inlet Sunday evening.Two reporting sources notified watchstanders at Sector Maryland-National Capital Region’s command center that a 26-foot sailboat with two people aboard appeared to be floundering just outside the inlet.One of the two people aboard the sailboat called Coast Guard Station Oxford and reported that her friend, a 77-year-old diabetic man, was weak, disoriented, and in need of medical assistance.A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Oxford launched to assist the man.

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U.S. Coast Guard District 11 PADET San Diego

Coast Guard Rescues 3 Off Torrey Pines

The U.S. Coast Guard said it rescued two adults and a child whose boat capsized off the coast of San Diego, Sunday.At approximately 2:30 p.m., a person aboard the 30-foot sailing vessel, Divided Soul, called mayday on VHF-FM marine band channel 16, the international hailing and distress frequency, that was picked up by watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center. The Divided Soul's Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was triggered…

Tilman J. Fertitta (Photo: USSA)

US Flag Registry Now a Reality for Large Yachts

With the stroke of President Trump's pen on Monday, August 13, 2018, U.S. yacht owners are now able to fly an American flag and register their yachts - over 300 GT - in the United States.This new legislation modernizes outdated laws and brings the United States in line with current times, according to a yachting trade association. "This has been a significant issue that the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) has spent nearly a decade working to correct," said Kate Pearson, USSA Chair and vice president of business development of Safe Harbor Marinas.

McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB (Image: Orolia)

Maritime Distress Beacon Gains North American Approval

Orolia’s McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) has been approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada.The world’s first EPIRB to contain both the international 406 MHz alert frequency and the localized rescue power of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), the McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is now ready to order for leisure and commercial maritime use across the U.S.

Disabled Sailboat Towed to Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous and Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder towed a disabled sailboat with two people aboard to safety Tuesday.The crew of the sailing vessel Gaia became disabled after being demasted and losing all electrical power. The crew activated an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) which notified the Coast Guard that the crew was in distress approximately 37-miles off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched a HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and lowered a handheld radio to the crew of the Gaia Sunday night.The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous…

Bahamas Tour Boat Explosion Kills One, Injures Nine

According to a report on a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas this weekend, killing an American woman and injuring nine others. According to the report, 12 people in total were onboard, including 10 Americans and a pair of Bahamians.  Accoring to the report, the U.S. Coast Guard  received a call from the Royal Bahamas Police Force “requesting assistance after boaters suffered from various injuries,” on Saturday morning. Four people were reportedly evacuated to Florida, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Five victims were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital on New Providence Island in the Bahamas.