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  • Coast Guard Searching for Woman Seen Jumping from Carnival Cruise Ship

    09/07/2016 8:16:51 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | 9/7/2016 | Jay Varela
    The Coast Guard was searching Wednesday for an upstate New York woman who plunged into the water from a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of Grand Bahama Island. The passenger "was witnessed jumping overboard" from the 11th deck of the Carnival Ecstasy around 2:30 a.m. ET, Carnival Cruise Line spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said in a statement."
  • Caribbean Fantasy ferry fire: More than 500 passengers to abandon ship...

    08/17/2016 7:49:29 AM PDT · by cll · 21 replies
    Mirror Online UK ^ | 8/17/16 | Alex Wellman
    Hundreds of passengers on board a packed ferry are being forced to abandon ship after a blaze broke out on board. US Coastguards raced to the scene after receiving reports that a huge fire caught hold of a massive ship carrying more than 500 people. A number of people are feared to be in the water - according to the Coastguard - but it is not yet known if any are injured. Lifeboats According to reports, the vessel is a passenger ferry that caught fire just a mile outside San Juan bay in Puerto Rico. The US Coastguard revealed it...
  • 4th life raft recovered from crashed choppers - Day 5

    01/19/2016 12:14:05 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | HNN staff
    All four life rafts from the two choppers that collided off Oahu's North Shore have been recovered on Monday but with no sign of any survivors, according to an official with the U.S. Marines. In spite of this, rescuers on Tuesday will continue searching for the 12 Marines who were on board the two helicopters when they crashed late Thursday. This would be the fifth day of search-and-rescue operations.
  • Search off Hawaii finds life rafts but no sign of 12 Marines

    01/18/2016 12:38:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/18/16 | ap
    HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities searching the area where two Marine helicopters crashed off Hawaii have found some life rafts that were carried aboard the aircraft, but still no sign of the 12 crew members who were on board. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers said Monday she believes three life rafts have been recovered so far. Some were inflated, but it was unclear how they came to be inflated, she said. The search for the Marines entered its fourth day Monday. Mooers said at this point, it is still a search for survivors. Rescuers from various agencies have been...
  • The Marine Corps can confirm ... active search & rescue ... for two CH-53 helicopters (off) of Oahu

    01/15/2016 5:31:09 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 40 replies
    USMC Facebook posting ^ | January 15 | USMC
    U.S. Marine Corps 22 mins *The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53 helicopters of the coast of Oahu. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting search and rescue operations. The aircraft are from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. We will provide more details as they become available.* — Major Christian Devine, USMC
  • Coast Guard to hold press conference in Jacksonville for search of El Faro crew

    10/07/2015 11:54:51 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Coast Guard ^ | Oct 7, 2015
    The Coast Guard will hold a joint press briefing with the National Transportation Safety Board to provide updated information on the search for the crew of El Faro and the investigation Wednesday afternoon.
  • Cargo ship that vanished into Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew aboard,(Shortened)

    10/05/2015 6:46:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Laura Collins
    A cargo ship with 33 crewmen on board that has been missing since Thursday is believed to have sunk, according to authorities involved in the search for the vessel.
  • Coast Guard believes missing cargo ship has sunk

    10/05/2015 8:11:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Fox ^ | October 4, 2015
    DEVELOPING -- The U.S. Coast Guard was in a desperate search Monday to locate any survivors of a cargo ship that likely sank in a Category 4 hurricane on Thursday. Crews found human remains near the ship's last known whereabouts, according to the Coast Guard. The El Faro had 28 Americans and five Polish nationals on board when it lost power near raging Hurricane Joaquin. Were not gonna discount somebodys will to survive, and thats why were still searching today, said Capt. Mark Fedor, chief of response for the Coast Guard 7th District. Search crews received multiple reports of immersion...
  • USCG confirms: SS El Faro has sunk. 33 lives may be lost, still searching

    10/05/2015 7:16:02 AM PDT · by cll · 96 replies
    Various ^ | 10/05/15
    <p>USCG confirms SS El faro has sunk. 1 body and one damaged life boat found among large debris field. details forthcoming.</p>
  • A major maritime disaster is underway in the Atlantic and it is subject to a media blackout?

    10/04/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by cll · 146 replies
    10/04/2015 | cll
    An 800 ft. cargo vessel sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan in the vicinity of a major hurricane with 33 crew on board loses power, starts listing, sends a distress signal and goes missing now for four days. Drudge has a link to the story just as a side of other hurricane stories. The story goes largely ignored by the mainstream media. Even Free Republic has taken it down from Breaking and Front Page news. That's 33 souls, 28 of which are Americans, possibly lost at sea or struggling to survive. A major U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue effort...

    10/03/2015 5:58:29 PM PDT · by cll · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 10/03/2015 | Ben Fox & Danica Coto
    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has located a life ring from a cargo ship that lost power and communications during Hurricane Joaquin and is now the subject of an intense search in the southeastern Bahamas. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ryan Doss says the life ring was 120 miles northeast of Crooked Island. That's about 70 miles northeast of the last known position of the El Faro before it lost contact with authorities with 33 people on board. Doss says the crew of a C-130 airplane spotted the life ring Saturday and a helicopter crew confirmed it...
  • Jacksonville cargo ship missing in hurricane Coast Guard in Miami searching for ship with 33 crew

    MIAMI - Coast Guard search and rescue crews are searching for a container ship with 33 crew members that sailed out of Jacksonville and was reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The El Faro, a 735-foot ro-ro cargo ship, was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville. About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an Inmarsat satellite notification stating the El Faro was beset by Hurricane Joaquin, had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. The crew reported the ship had previously taken...
  • American Cargo Ship El Faro Missing with 33 Crew in Hurricane Joaquin

    10/02/2015 4:50:41 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 67 replies
    gCaptain ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search for a U.S.-flagged containership with 33 crewmembers aboard reported to be caught in Hurricane Joaquin, near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The Coast Guard reported Friday that at approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an Inmarsat satellite notification stating the 735-foot cargo ship El Faro was beset by Hurricane Joaquin while en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida. The notification said that the ship had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list.
  • Happy 225th Birthday, Coast Guard!

    08/04/2015 11:21:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 4, 2015 | self
    Published on Aug 23, 2013 Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. "On overseas activities of the Coast Guard in World War II. Includes views of the amphibious invasions of Guadalcanal, North Africa, Anzio, Tarawa, Saipan, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Normandy, and South France. Cutters shoot down an airplane, patrol a Persian port, deliver supplies and men to Greenland, release depth charges, and sink a German boat. Coast Guardsmen place buoys in a port, load supplies on B-24 plane, load wounded Marines aboard transports off Tarawa, and rescue sailors of ships sunk by Japanese suicide planes...
  • A Liking for the Sea | JFK and the USCG Eagle

    07/26/2015 9:25:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 7/21/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    A Liking for the Sea | JFK and the USCG Eagle Jul 21st, 2015 | Categories: Americana, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern A majestic sight greeted visitors to Portland, Maines waterfront the other day: the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. The 295-ft. USCG Eagle, used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard, visited the city as part of the Tall Ships Portland Festival. The ship has a rather interesting history. Built as the German training vessel Horst Wessel in 1936, Adolf Hitler presided at its launch and...
  • Movie Trailer for The Finest Hours The Remarkable True Story of the SS Pendleton Rescue

    07/10/2015 6:07:10 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 9, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    Disney has just release its first trailer from its new film The Finest Hours, based on the remarkable true story of “the greatest small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history.” The film tells the story of the SS Pendleton, a 10,448 gross ton “T2″ tanker which broke in half during a fierce nor’easter while off the coast of Cape Cod on February 18, 1952.
  • Pittsburgh Regatta will go on without boats, water events

    07/03/2015 11:56:09 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | July 3 | Tom Fontaine
    Organizers of this weekend's EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta said Friday they canceled all scheduled boat races because of hazardous river conditions
  • USCG: one boater rescued, four remain missing in Mobile Bay [regatta capizes by weather]

    04/26/2015 1:23:48 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    Fox News TV 10 Mobile ^ | Posted: Apr 25, 2015 7:25 PM CST | By Liz Kuy, FOX10 Digital Executive Producer
    MOBILE, AL (WALA) - One boater was rescued, but four were still missing as the United States Coast Guard searched the waters of Mobile Bay after sailing vessels participating in a Dauphin Island sailing regatta capsized during a storm. The Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the report at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday that the regatta was struck by severe weather causing multiple vessels to capsize and leaving multiple people on the water. The United States Coast Guard said 200 people were on 119 boats during the 57th annual iteration of the Dauphin Island Race.
  • Sailor lost at sea found after 66 days

    04/03/2015 7:54:37 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/3/15
    Louis Jordan, who's 37, apparently survived on raw fish and rainwater and was found 200 miles off the North Carolina coast. A passing German container ship spotted him sitting on the hull of his ship, which had overturned.
  • Shock: Coast Guard seeing sharp uptick in Cubans fleeing workers paradise

    01/06/2015 9:26:44 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 1/6/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The Coast Guard is reporting an 117 percent spike in December in the number of Cubans fleeing the island nation by boat. On Monday alone, the Coast Guard returned 121 Cubans back to the custody of authorities in Havana. They were all intercepted at sea in seven separate incidents in just the past week.
  • Coast Guard sector issues new steps on Ebola virus

    10/07/2014 10:47:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle / The Associated Press ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jennifer Mcdermott
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A U.S. Coast Guard sector says it will contact ships that have recently been to Ebola-affected countries to ask whether passengers have symptoms of the virus before they are allowed into port. The sector, which includes parts of New York and Connecticut, issued to the maritime community in Long Island Sound on Monday a bulletin that describes protocols being put into place due to the Ebola outbreak....
  • Coast Guard Issues New Protocols to Prevent Ebola

    10/07/2014 8:41:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 7, 2014
    One U.S. Coast Guard sector says it will contact ships that have recently been to Ebola-affected countries to ask whether passengers have symptoms of the virus before they are allowed into port. It issued a bulletin to the maritime community in Long Island Sound, which includes parts of New York and Connecticut, on Monday. The bulletin describing protocols being put into place due to Ebola. The Coast Guard says the policy applies to vessels have been to an affected country within its last five ports of call.
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Departments Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homelands Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporters confidential files during raid

    10/25/2013 5:27:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 110 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates...
  • Happy Birthday, Coast Guard

    08/04/2013 12:29:51 PM PDT · by RedMDer · 13 replies
    The Coast Guard is celebrating its 223rd year this August 4th. The Coast Guard is one of America's five armed forces and traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue.
  • Happy 223rd birthday, United States Coast Guard

    08/04/2013 9:01:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | August 4, 2013
    The United States Coast Guard was established August 4, 1790.United States Coast Guard Tribute "Semper Paratus"US Coast Guard home page
  • Fighter jet crash leads to harrowing ocean rescue (video)

    08/03/2013 1:03:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies ^ | August 2, 2013 | Ashley Halsey III
    The night-vision image in the rescue helicopter showed a downed pilot in a life raft bobbing 35 miles from the Atlantic shoreline, but when Brian Fogle got ready to plunge down to him, the midnight sky and sea melded into inky blackness. The hard part was not being able to see anything, Fogle said. And then he stepped out that door and slid down a line into the rolling dark ocean. The signal had come to the Coast Guard 20 to 30 minutes before 11 p.m. Thursday: A D.C. Air National Guard F-16C was down in the Atlantic after touching...
  • Crew member rescued after abandoning ship dies (HMS Bounty sunk)

    10/30/2012 5:21:24 AM PDT · by I still care · 56 replies
    MSN News ^ | Oct 30, 2012 | AP via MSN
    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. The Coast Guard says a woman who was rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough weather churned up by Hurricane Sandy has died. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert says 42-year-old Claudene Christian was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water Monday evening and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Fourteen other crew members were rescued from the HMS Bounty, a replica 18th-century sailing vessel that was originally built for the 1962 film "Mutiny on the Bounty" and was featured in several other films over the years. The Coast Guard...
  • Sandy Sinks Tall Ship, 14 Rescued and Two Missing {Bounty}

    10/29/2012 9:54:02 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 29 Oct 2012 | KEVIN DOLAK
    Fourteen people were rescued this morning from a tall ship that was sunk by Hurricane Sandy, but a Coast Guard helicopter is scouring the churning seas for two crew members who are missing. The HMS Bounty, a three masted ship, was 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., when the owner called saying she'd lost contact with the crew Sunday night, The AP reported. The Bounty is a 180-foot replica of the ship featured in the film "Mutiny on the Bounty."
  • Anti-Terror Exercises Planned for D.C. Skies

    08/20/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    free beacon ^ | August 20, 2012 5:09 pm | Bill Gertz
    Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly intercept and identification exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a military spokesman said. The latest exercise of what the North American Aerospace Defense Command calls Falcon Virgo involves Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182 light aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, NORAD said in a statement. We want to make sure people seeing these planes arent concerned, said NORAD spokesman John Cornelio. One of the reasons we put out notice of...
  • Happy 222nd birthday, United States Coast Guard

    08/04/2012 10:27:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    various | August 4, 2012
    The United States Coast Guard was established August 4, 1790.United States Coast Guard Tribute "Semper Paratus"US Coast Guard home page
  • Proposed US Military Buildup - 2012-2024

    05/20/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 100 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 19 May 2012 | Jef Head
    Proposed US Military buildup under a conservative U.S. Administration circa 2012-2024 CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE The following plan is based on a major US economic turnaround based on sound Free Market principles geared to US interests, energy independendece, a balanced budget, stabilization of Social Security & Medicare & eliminating unessary and wasteful entitlements & entire federal agencies. It is also based,under a conservative leadership in Washington, on adopting lower corporate and individual income taxes so the revenue to the treasury expands and increases significantly which will fuel the buildup necessary to remain technologically superior by two generations...
  • US (Coast Guard) to Sink Ghost Ship Dislodged by Japan Tsunami

    04/05/2012 11:14:54 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Associated Press
    US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami. The shrimping vessel, which has no lights or communications systems, was floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska on Thursday morning, traveling about 1 mile per hour. The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship...
  • Sitka commander was ready to drop charges against co-pilot

    12/08/2011 11:59:10 PM PST · by skeptoid · 5 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 8th, 2011 | BECKY BOHRER
    The commander of Air Station Sitka testified Thursday he was prepared to recommend that the matter against the co-pilot in a fatal helicopter crash be dropped, but indicated those plans were trumped by the new Coast Guard admiral in Alaska.
  • Happy 221st birthday, United States Coast Guard

    08/04/2011 10:21:54 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    August 4, 2011
    The United States Coast Guard was established August 4, 1790. United States Coast Guard Tribute "Semper Paratus"
  • Obama to deliver Coast Guard commencement address

    05/18/2011 2:25:43 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 18 2011 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is delivering his final commencement address of the season at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
  • The phantom frigate

    04/14/2011 8:43:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 13th, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    The phantom frigate By Philip Ewing Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 Huntington Ingalls Industries may now be a separate company from its former parent Northrop Grumman, but some things never change: This week, as it has for years, exhibitors used their booth at the Sea Air Space trade show to promote a concept that the new company officials still hope could be a big new moneymaker for the Ingalls yard in Pascagoula, Miss.: A badass naval version of the comparatively tame National Security Cutter now in use with the Coast Guard. The concept used to be called the National Patrol Frigate,...
  • Shot Fired Into Virginia Coast Guard Recruiting Office

    11/02/2010 7:26:49 AM PDT · by Doogle · 28 replies · 1+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 10/02/10 | FOX
    breaking........ At least one shot has been fired into a Coast Guard recruiting center in Virginia, reports say. It's unclear exactly when the shooting occurred, but an investigation is ongoing at a Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge, Va., reports. The incident marks the fifth shooting at a military facility since Oct. 17.
  • Coast Guard Target of 5th Military Shooting

    11/02/2010 1:40:18 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 4 replies
    Fox News Blog ^ | Nov. 2, 2010 | Justin Fishel
    Prince William County police and the FBI responded to shots fired at a Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge, Virginia Tuesday morning, the latest in a series of five non-lethal shootings at military related facilities in the Washington D.C. area. So far the FBI has concluded three of the shootings are connected, saying last Thursday ballistic evidence shows the same weapon was used during shootings at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps Museum in Triangle, Virginia, and a Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, Virginia. More testing is underway to determine if that same gun was used at today's shooting, and...
  • 3 killed in Coast Guard helicopter crash off Wash. coast

    07/07/2010 10:41:15 AM PDT · by llevrok · 33 replies
    LAPUSH, Wash. - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter with four people on board has gone down near James Island off LaPush. A member of the Quileute Tribe tells KING 5 that one of the people on board was rescued by two other tribal members. However, there is no official report on the conditions of those on board. The helicopter was stationed in Sitka, Alaska.
  • Coast Guard Logs Show Administration Knew Extent of Oil Spill within 24 Hours

    06/07/2010 2:20:05 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 23 replies · 104+ views
    Human Events ^ | 06/04/2010 | Connie Hair
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released documents Thursday night showing the Coast Guard recorded on April 21 -- less than 24 hours after the Deepwater Horizon explosion -- the magnitude of the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Potential environmental threat is 700,000 gallons of diesel on board the Deepwater Horizon and estimated potential of 8,000 barrels per day of crude oil, if the well were to completely blowout, the Coast Guard reported in a log of events from the immediate aftermath of the April 20 explosion --...
  • USCG officers become Navy Seals [Props to my Puddle Pirates]

    05/27/2010 2:41:58 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 27 replies · 626+ views ^ | May 27, 2010
    Coronado, Calif. Two Coast Guardsmen will graduate from Navy SEAL training at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and receive the coveted SEAL trident. Upon graduation, the two officers will join the prestigious ranks of the Navy SEALs after more than a year of continuous training, considered by many among the most difficult in the world. Naval Special Warfare is proud to team with the nation's first U.S. Coast Guard officers qualified as U.S. Navy SEALs, said Rear Adm. Gary Bonelli, Deputy Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command. During the past fourteen months they have proven their mettle and have truly...
  • BP official blames failed equipment for Gulf oil spill

    05/02/2010 10:12:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 1,238+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | May 2, 2010, 4:04 p.m. EDT | Rex Crum, MarketWatch
    U.S. shuts down commercial and recreational fishing from Louisiana to FloridaSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The chairman of BP PLC's U.S. subsidiary on Sunday blamed failed equipment on a drilling rig for the oil-well blowout and subsequent huge leak into the Gulf of Mexico that now poses the threat of an unparalleled ecological disaster. The leak, which began April 20, is threatening the Louisiana shoreline and experts say it could endanger the coast from Louisiana to Florida. Some experts say the leak, the Gulf Stream and the approaching hurricane season could combine to send a slick down Florida's Gulf Coast, around...
  • US Coast Guard: Oil Leaking From Sunken Rig [42,000 Gallons/Day]

    04/24/2010 8:06:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 836+ views
    AFP ^ | April 24th 2010
    US Coast Guard: Oil Leaking From Sunken Rig Buzz up!13 votes Send Share Print AFP/US Coast Guard This US Coast Guard image released on April 22 shows fire boat response crews as they battle the blazing Sat Apr 24 NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) Oil is leaking from the ruptured well of a large rig that exploded, burnt and sank in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week, the US Coast Guard said Saturday. The Coast Guard estimated that up to 1,000 of barrels of oil, or 42,000 gallons (158,987 liters) were spewing each day from a riser...
  • Coast Guard: Oil leaking from well at blast site

    04/25/2010 4:24:55 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies · 789+ views
    My Way News ^ | Apr 24, 6:08 PM (ET) | By CAIN BURDEAU
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard discovered Saturday that oil is leaking from the damaged well that fed a massive rig that exploded this week off Louisiana's coast, while bad weather halted efforts to clean up the mess that threatens the area's fragile marine ecosystem. As recently as Friday, the Coast Guard said no oil appeared to escaping from the well head on the ocean floor. Rear Adm. Mary Landry said the leak was a new discovery but could have begun when the rig sank on Thursday, two days after the initial explosion. "This is a very serious spill,...
  • Burning oil rig sinks into Gulf; 11 still missing

    04/22/2010 12:02:20 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 17 replies · 986+ views
    AP from Yahoo ^ | 04-22-2010 | Associated Press writers
    NEW ORLEANS An oil platform that burned for more than day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Crews searched by air and water for 11 workers still missing from the Deepwater Horizon, though one relative said family members have been told it's unlikely anyone survived Tuesday night's blast. Supply vessels had been shooting water into the rig try to control the flames enough to keep it afloat, but couldn't, Coast Guard Petty Officer Katherine McNamara said. Rescue crews have covered the 1,940-square-mile search area by air 12 times...
  • UPDATED: Search Continues for 11 Missing Workers

    04/22/2010 10:28:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 39 replies · 854+ views
    Rig Zone ^ | 4/22/2010 | Rig Zone Staff
    At approximately 10 p.m. (CST) Tuesday night, an explosion rocked Transocean's Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible drilling rig in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the search continues for 11 workers still missing following what could be one of the nation's deadliest offshore drilling incidents of the past half-century. Seventeen people were injured in the blast and taken to hospitals earlier Wednesday. Yesterday, four workers were treated at West Jefferson Hospital, while another worker was treated at the University of South Alabama Medical Center's burn unit. Five others were undergoing evaluation at the facility in Mobile, Alabama....
  • Train crashes through Chesapeake drawbridge gate, dangling engine

    03/26/2010 12:24:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,542+ views ^ | 3/26/2010 | Staff
    Chesapeake, Va. - An empty freight train crashed through a safety barrier at a raised drawbridge in Chesapeake this morning and the locomotive remains dangling over the Intercoastal Waterway. A spokesman from the U.S. Coast Guard said the train spilled an estimated 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel into the water. The Coast Guard has closed the waterway while the spill is cleaned up. Lt. Cmdr Robert Gore said crews are using about 2,000 feet of containment booms to contain the fuel. Once the fuel is cleaned up the next problem will be getting the engine back on the tracks. Crews...
  • Hired guns secure ships, stir controversy

    02/14/2010 4:15:21 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies · 968+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 15, 2010 | By Sandra Jontz,
    NAPLES, Italy As the world struggles to stop piracy in the waters off the coast of Africa and the Middle East, several companies have stepped forward to provide armed escort boats for commercial ships. Small, fast boats with a handful of armed mariners are an "emerging way to handle the [piracy] problem in a safe way," said Jim Jorrie, CEO of Espada Logistics and Security-MENA, a San Antonio-based company offering such services. But shipping industry experts frown on the practice. "It slightly smacks of vigilantism to me," said Tony Mason, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping and...
  • USS Freedom Readies for Maiden Deployment

    02/09/2010 12:34:21 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 631+ views ^ | 2/6/2010 | Lt. Ed Early, USS Freedom Public Affairs
    USS Freedom (LCS 1), the Navy's first littoral combat ship, is underway off the coast of Florida for final training and certification prior to its maiden deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) region. Counter-illicit trafficking (CIT), damage control, and systems training began soon after Freedom's arrival at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on Jan. 25. "This training is extremely important for Freedom and will help us prepare for the CIT mission we expect to perform while in the 4th Fleet area of operations," said Lt. Cmdr. Mark West of Imperial Beach, Calif., operations officer for the Gold Crew, one of...