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.

Coast Guard balances budget crisis

The ongoing political stalemate in Washington has pushed the Coast Guard into its worst budget crisis in more than two decades, the service’s highest-ranking officer said earlier this year during his annual State of the Coast Guard address. Adm. Robert Papp, the Coast Guard’s commandant, recounted a conversation he had with a freshmen student at…more

Coast Guard crew set to be honored for Alaskan rescue

The Association for Rescue at Sea will honor a member of the Coast Guard and a captain and crew for outstanding rescues in 2012. Association Vice Adm. Thomas R. Sargent will present the Gold Medal, which is awarded annually to an enlisted member of the Coast Guard for an act of extraordinary bravery during a…more

Coast Guardsman honored for boater warning system

Cmdr. Dan Shipman, recreational boating safety specialist for the 13th Coast Guard District, received an innovation award for developing a coastal bar warning and information system in all harbors on the Oregon and Washington coasts. Shipman implemented the system to provide boaters with real-time access to information about coastal bar conditions. Before the innovation, it…more

Coast Guard adds no-boating zones in New York

The Coast Guard established special no-boating zones on the Hudson River because of construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge, but the site of a crash that killed two people and injured three others in July was not included in the restricted area. The “regulated navigation area” will extend 300 yards north and 200 yards south…more

Massachusetts town bids for historic lighthouse

The Coast Guard declared Gay Head Light on Martha’s Vineyard surplus property and the town of Aquinnah is among four non-profit and government groups that have expressed an interest in it. Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, lighthouses can be disposed of by transferring the property at no charge to a nonprofit…more

Researchers identify Civil War-era steamer wreck

More than 153 years after it was lost in a collision at sea, the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor to NOAA, has been positively identified. The iron-hulled Walker, though now largely forgotten, served a vital role as a survey ship, charting the…more

Coast Guard seeks to change PFD type codes

The Coast Guard issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on Wednesday to remove references to type codes in regulations on the carriage and labeling of the personal flotation devices it approves. PFD type codes are unique to Coast Guard approval and are not well understood by the general public, the agency said. The current PFD…more

Laser pointed at Coast Guard crew in Florida

The Coast Guard said a boat crew from Station Sand Key was targeted with a laser from the shore Sunday night about a mile southwest of Clearwater, Fla. The crew of the 25-foot boat experienced a 3- to 4-second blue, green laser burst while on patrol. The entire crew suffered a loss of night vision;…more

VIDEO: Boat thefts decreased in 2012

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released its latest report on U.S. boat thefts and recoveries. The report examines vessels reported stolen between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012. It draws from data contained in the National Crime Information Center database for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. There were 5,870 watercraft thefts…more

Coast Guard grant paves way for boating-skills classes

The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Association of Marina Industries, received a Coast Guard non-profit grant to develop Marina Pro, a cadre of trained and certified professionals across the country who can teach on-the-water boating skills to the boating public. The first of five Marina Pro classes will be held Sept. 10-13…more

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