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.
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.
Officials closed an investigation into the boating accident that forced former Miami Dolphins player Robert Konrad to swim about 16 hours to shore.
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 rescued a millionaire Pinterest investor, his son and three crewmembers after his $2.5 million Gunboat’s mast broke in heavy winds and high seas.
Last week, a British coastguard crew hoisted five men aboard a 76-foot fishing boat as it sank rapidly off the Scottish coast in rough weather.
President Barack Obama’s recent relaxing of diplomatic relations with Cuba has apparently spurred a flood of Cubans taking to makeshift rafts to get to the United States.
The Coast Guard is implementing a temporary speed zone in Florida’s Biscayne Bay on New Year’s Eve for the first time ever, a response to a three-boat crash that killed four people on July 4.
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.”
A liveaboard who was lost at sea on his 25-foot sailboat for 12 days was happy to see a Navy ship arrive to help, but he still refused to leave his boat behind.
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.