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.
Uninspected Virgin Islands boats of less than 24 meters, or 78.7 feet, are now allowed to carry as many as a dozen passengers within the Virgin Islands and to international ports, but not to another port in the United States, under rules the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday.
Waterways from Pittsburgh to Maine are dealing with colder-than-normal weather and that has created challenges for boat traffic, as well as for the Coast Guard, the group tasked with keeping channels passable.
The Coast Guard Foundation said Sig Hansen, captain of the F/V Northwestern and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” selected the foundation as his designated charity on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Criminal investigators with the Coast Guard are probing an elite group of Los Angeles firefighters at the city’s port to see whether the highly paid operators of the “world’s most powerful fireboat” were actually qualified.