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.

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

Coast Guard museum group debuts project website

The National Coast Guard Museum Association launched a new website to inform the public about the design and development of the new National Coast Guard Museum, which is slated to be built in downtown New London, Conn. Developed by New London-based Quinn & Hary Marketing, a Regan Communications company, the website shows the history and…more

Ohio law will restrict boardings

After a short Lake Erie walleye fishing trip on the annual Governor’s Fish Ohio Day, Gov. John Kasich took time out for lunch last week and to sign the Boater Freedom Act. The legislation reins in local and state officers from boarding local pleasure and charter boats unless there is a reasonable suspicion that laws…more

Cape Wind opponents sue Coast Guard over records

Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound off Massachusetts are suing the Coast Guard in federal court, saying the agency failed to respond to a request for public records as required by law. The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound filed suit July 8 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., making it the…more

Somali pirates found guilty in deaths of American boaters

Three Somalis were convicted Monday of piracy, kidnapping and murder in the 2011 shooting deaths of four Americans sailing in the Indian Ocean off Oman and could face the death penalty. The three men — and 11 others who previously pleaded guilty — boarded the Americans’ yacht armed with assault rifles and planned to sail…more

Parasailing accident injures two in Florida

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a parasailing accident that occurred last week in Panama City Beach, Fla. Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are conducting the investigation. On July 1, two 17-year-old girls, friends from Indiana vacationing with their families, were seriously injured when the…more

Accidents keep Coast Guard busy on holiday weekend

The long Independence Day weekend proved to be a busy one for recreational boaters and first responders across the country. The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River above Head of Passes on Saturday in response to a sunken vessel. The Coast Guard’s New Orleans office received a report shortly after noon from a nearby passenger…more

Coast Guard, Merchant Marine welcome new classes

Summer means down-time for most students, but for the incoming class of 2017 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, school is getting under way. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy welcomed the new class Monday during Reporting-in Day, marking the official beginning of “Swab Summer.” A total of 239 swabs took…more

Maritime security conference set for Tuesday

Gulf of Aden Group Transits Limited, a private company that provides professional armed security teams to commercial vessels, is organizing the first maritime security briefing in Hamburg, Germany. The July 9 briefing, to be held at the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg, will bring together a BBC journalist who has Somalian and East African experience and senior military…more

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