2 cruise ships rescue more migrants off Florida coast
Crew members aboard two cruise ships rescued around two dozen migrants in small boats, the latest episode of hundreds making or attempting landings in the Florida Keys over the past several days, authorities said. Crew members aboard Celebrity Beyond rescued 19 migrants from a crowded boat Monday, and crew members aboard Carnival Celebration spotted five people in distress on a small vessel about 29 miles (46 kilometers) northwest of Cuba. Once the migrants were rescued from their drifting boat, the Carnival Celebration crew members contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which took them into custody offshore, said Matt Lupoli, a spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line.news.yahoo.com
Coast Guard rescues six stranded near Port Mansfield
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued six non-citizens stranded near Port Mansfield. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a call relayed by Willacy County dispatch personnel at 6:42 a.m. Friday regarding six adults who are not U.S. citizens stating they were stranded on Padre Island north of the jetties near Port Mansfield, Coast Guard officials said in a news release. According to the release, the individuals indicated they were overcome by cold weather and in need of medical attention. Watchstanders directed the launch of MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi. After transporting the people to Charles R. Johnson Airport in Port Mansfield, the crew returned to retrieve the last three individuals from the Island.myrgv.com
Men and dog missing for 10 days found on powerless sailboat
Two men and a pet dog were rescued from a sailboat without power or fuel more than 200 miles off Delaware, 10 days after friends and relatives had last heard from them, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday. Kevin Hyde, 65, and Joe Ditomasso, 76, were sailing from Cape May, New Jersey, to Marathon, Florida.news.yahoo.com
Coast Guard lancha interdictions up 11.5 percent in fiscal 2022
The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted 87 Mexican lanchas fishing illegally in U.S. waters in fiscal year 2022, seizing nearly eight tons of catch and detaining 373 fishermen off the Texas coast, officials say. Since the first recorded lancha interdiction in the 1980s, Coast Guard officials say there has been a significant increase in the detection of the illegal vessels, and 2022 showed an increase of 11.5 percent over the previous year. A lancha is a fishing boat used by Mexican fishermen that is approximately 20-30 feet long with a slender profile. Lt. Shane Gunderson assumed command of Coast Guard Station South Padre Island in June. “There is a degree of what we call recidivism, kind of recurring similar faces time and time again,” Gunderson said.myrgv.com
98 migrants rescued from boat off Florida coast lacked food
Almost 100 people, mostly from Haiti, who were rescued from an overcrowded boat off the Florida coast had no food or water for two days, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the 96 Haitians, as well as a passenger each from Uganda and the Bahamas, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Boca Raton, Florida, last week. The passengers told Coast Guard crew members that they had been at sea for a week and lacked food and water during the last two days.news.yahoo.com
Cubans stranded for 33 days now in US immigration detention
They waved flags to catch the attention of a Coast Guard helicopter crew that flew over the island while on a routine mission Monday. A Coast Guard helicopter earlier this week spotted the two men and one woman and hoisted them in baskets from a rocky cliff in Anguilla Cay, a Bahamian islet close to Cuba. The Associated Press requested interviews with the survivors, but Coast Guard and immigration officials have not released their identities and did not grant access for interviews. The U.S. Coast Guard did not respond to requests clarifying what considerations were made before the group was flown into the United States. However, the rocky, uninhabited island is routinely monitored by the Coast Guard for strandings of migrants hoping to reach U.S. soil.
Search continues for crew member who fell off tanker ship along Texas coast
SABINE PASS, Texas – The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday continued to search for a tanker ship crew member who fell overboard along the Southeast Texas coast. The 27-year-old crew member fell into the water from the tanker ship Sagami about 29 miles offshore of Sabine Pass, Texas, on Wednesday evening. He was last seen wearing an orange life jacket and coveralls with reflective tape. A 45-foot Coast Guard rescue boat and a helicopter were part of the search effort by authorities.
Plume spews from natural gas well off Padre Island
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Efforts to stem a plume spewing Tuesday from an offshore natural gas well platform in Texas have been hampered by rough waters, but officials say the environmental impact has been minimal. “It’s not a big concern because it’s very light and usually natural gas just evaporates upon impact, so we’re not too concerned,” Reynolds said. In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard, natural gas is release from an oil platform approximately three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Witt O’Brien’s spokesman Sean Fitzgerald said they are working closely with the Coast Guard. He said they don’t yet know what caused the well to begin emitting the plume of natural gas, water and condensate.
Watch coast guard open fire on shark swimming toward crew members in water
A shark, dozens of U.S. Coast Guard members and an inflatable unicorn are all safe after what could have been a disastrous encounter in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday. About 30-40 crew members on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kimball were swimming in the ocean after a long day when, what appears to be a 6 to 8-foot longfin mako or pelagic thresher shark was spotted swimming towards the crew, according to Military.com. Yes, shark watch is a real thing. Coast Guard and Navy vessels have personnel on designated shark and polar bear watches, Military.com reported. The shark was roughly 30-feet away when Cintron opened fire, according to a Facebook post from U.S. Coast Guard officials.
Search ends for 2 still missing after Port of Corpus Christi explosion
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas The search for two crew members of a dredging boat who went missing following an explosion last week in the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas has been ended, the U.S. Coast Guard announced. Our Coast Guard crews worked intently alongside state and local partners to locate the two crew members who remained missing, but unfortunately, we were unable to locate them, said Capt. Edward Gaynor, commander, Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. The decision to suspend a search is never easy and a lot of factors are considered before suspending a search. Port of Corpus Christi officials said it was a propane pipeline.