Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Dead Coast Guardsman not from Puget Sound

A Coast Guardsman who died Sunday after being ejected from a 25-foot homeland security boat belonged to a maritime safety and security team deployed to the Seattle area.


This just goes to show that one may give his or her life for Country, even in training. This can be a risky business but the training is a must.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Schooner Sullivan crew saves 3 fishermen off Florida coast

The crew of Wisconsin's flagship, the schooner Denis Sullivan, rescued three fishermen whose boat had sank in the Atlantic Ocean 11 miles off Islamorada, Fla., Coast Guard officials reported this afternoon.The Sullivan, which sails from the Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin on Milwaukee's Lakefront, was navigating from Miami to Key West with 19 high school students on board when the crew spotted distress flares from the sinking vessel about midnight.Scott Hooper, the Sullivan's First Mate, assisted two of the injured fishermen onto the Sullivan, while the third man worked his way onto the schooner's rescue ladder.All three were taken by Coast Guard craft to receive treatment in Islamorada.The three-masted schooner sustained a one-foot puncture to its hull when it struck the submerged fishing vessel, but remained afloat with the assistance of pumps delivered by Coast Guard boat and helicopter. The ship was making its way to Key West for repairs.

AUDIO: Phone interview with Hugh Covert, the captain of the Denis Sullivan, and Scott Hooper, the first mate

Coast Guard Press Release here.

This is a really nice ship.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Falls 60 Feet From Cruise Ship, Lives to Tell His Tale - Sometimes you Get Lucky

March 22, 2007 — By almost all accounts, Michael Menckmyer shouldn't be alive.

Last week, he plunged 60 feet from the balcony of his cruise ship. Alone in the ocean, he tread water for eight hours. Miraculously, he survived with only minor injuries. He told his story exclusively to "Good Morning America."


Truth can be stranger than fiction.....


Friday, March 16, 2007

Coast Guard finds man who jumped off ship

MIAMI - Coast Guard crews found a 24-year-old man Friday hours after he reportedly jumped from a cruise ship about 30 miles east of Fort Lauderdale.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

West Boca boater swims all night for his life, prays for lost friends

Fighting for his life against the tide proved impossible, so Frank Yanac turned toward a beacon of light on shore and swam. His two friends were swimming behind him after a boating accident Saturday night in the Gulf of Mexico, but their voices grew dim as Yanac, 66, a former lifeguard, made it through patches of cold and warm water in the throes of exhaustion and onto the sand. ------------------------------- Dwayne

Monday, March 12, 2007

Body of missing boater found

The body of missing DeBary boater was found Sunday morning in Lake Monroe about a mile from where his boat was recovered.

Authorities discovered the body of Gregory Collins, who had not been wearing a life preserver, about 9 a.m. floating in the northwest section of the lake, said Kat Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Investigators will need to wait for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but there were no signs of foul play, Kelly said. Collins is a diabetic, and did not take his medication Wednesday morning, his wife, Sue, told authorities.