Coast Guard

The Coast Guard enforces federal laws on the high seas and waters within U.S. territorial jurisdiction, develops and operates aids to navigation and maintains a network of lifeboat and search-and-rescue stations using surface vessels and aircraft.

Operation Dry Water starts this weekend

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is holding Operation Dry Water this weekend as part of a nationwide push to end boating under the influence. The association, a nationwide partnership of local boating officials, law enforcement and the Coast Guard, is asking boaters to pledge to stop boating while intoxicated. Recreational boating fatalities…more

Alaskan safety instructor honored by trade group

Joe McCullough, education coordinator with the Alaska Office of Boating Safety, was named the Western States Boating Administrators Association’s boating safety educator of the year this week at the group’s 51st annual conference. The award is sponsored by Kalkomey Enterprises Inc., parent company of Boat Ed. In addition to teaching students about boating safety, McCullough…more

Coast Guard Foundation receives Huggies donation

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of Coast Guard members and their families, announced Tuesday that it received a donation of 250,000 diapers from Huggies. From Memorial Day until Independence Day, Huggies’ Camo for a Cause program — in partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network and…more

Coast Guard leads two rescues off Bermuda

The Coast Guard had a busy weekend with two offshore rescues. On Saturday, the command center coordinated a rescue about 650 miles northeast of Bermuda. Two people on a sailboat initially reported having a loose keel and later said they had to abandon ship because of flooding. The Coast Guard got word from the Joint…more

Napolitano addresses Coast Guard graduates

The first class of Internet natives graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. That’s according to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who said the class that graduated this week was unique for being “the first to grow up in the Internet age.” Napolitano gave the commencement address Wednesday at the 131st commencement ceremony. It…more

Congress holds hearing on Coast Guard assets

The House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday to examine the Coast Guard acquisition program to replace aging assets. The hearing, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R.-N.J.), included testimony concerning plans to replace aging vessels and aircraft. The Coast Guard’s acquisition programs have “suffered through some dark days,” LoBiondo…more

National Safe Boating Week starts Saturday

The 2012 National Safe Boating Week campaign starts Saturday with Coast Guard Auxiliary units promoting recreational boating safety around the country. The campaign, which runs through May 25, is dedicated to helping boaters understand the need for boating education and vessel safety checks, as well as the importance of wearing life jackets while boating. “National…more

Coast Guard asks US Sailing for race accident review

The Coast Guard in San Diego is requesting that US Sailing conduct an independent review of the sailing accident that resulted in the death of four sailors in April during the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race. That accident came on the heels of a tragedy during the Full Crew Farallones Race in which five sailors…more

Coast Guard cutter needs repair for hull leaks

When a boat springs a leak, it’s often the Coast Guard to the rescue. But who rescues the Coast Guard when one of its new ships does the same thing? The commander of the Coast Guard’s newest national security cutter, the 418-foot Stratton, said he called in engineers last month when his crew discovered a…more

Boat operators struggle with new weight rules

Since December, companies that operate passenger boats have had to comply with a new Coast Guard rule that raises the assumed average weight of a passenger to 185 pounds, up a whopping 45 pounds from the 140-pound average used since 1960. As a result, some operators say a reduction in passengers to meet weight capacity…more

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