Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hong Kong rescuers to enter sunken boat with 18 Ukrainians on board

Hong Kong - Rescuers were Tuesday hoping to send divers inside a sunken tug boat with 18 Ukrainian sailors trapped on board, three days after it collided with a freighter off Hong Kong. Detailed plans of the Polish-made vessel have been obtained by the rescue team which hopes to be able to send divers in to look for survivors or the bodies of victims. Hope has virtually disappeared of finding anyone alive in the boat which sank 35 metres to the seabed after colliding with a freighter off Hong Kong on Saturday night. Divers aided by a large team of rescuers have been swimming to the vessel and rapping on its hull since Sunday morning but have so far detected no signs of life.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Intrepid Reliance Tanker - crewman falls and is injured - Galveston Texas Coast Guard Medevacs man for help

HOUSTON - The Coast Guard medevaced a 37-year-old man from a tanker approximately 15 miles south of Galveston, Texas, today.A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at 10:45 a.m. from the captain of the tanker Intrepid Reliance, reporting that a crewmember needed immediate medical attention. The crewmember had fallen from the bridge of the tanker to the main deck, a distance of 43 feet. The Coast Guard launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston to medevac the man. The rescue helicopter crew arrived at the tanker and hoisted the injured man. At about 12:40 p.m. the helicopter landed at Schole’s Airport in Galveston, Texas, where EMS was waiting to bring the injured man to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Coast Guard Cautions Against Illegal Charter Boats

BALTIMORE - The Coast Guard cautions passengers, who pay to go fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, to avoid boats that do not have licensed captains or has not been inspected by the Coast Guard.The Coast Guard advises passengers to ask boat captains to show their original Coast Guard issued license. If the boat is carrying more than six passengers, it is required to be inspected by the Coast Guard and the Certificate of Inspection should be displayed in an area visible to passengers.

Don't make the mistake of going out with an unlicensed skipper. It may cost you or your family your lives.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

100 Yard Approach to Naval Vessels

Do not approach within 100 yards of any U.S. naval vessel. If you need to pass within 100 yards of a U.S. naval vessel in order to ensure a safe passage in accordance with the Navigation Rules, you must contact the U.S. naval vessel or the Coast Guard escort vessel on VHF-FM channel 16.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

New Coast Guard Boat

Washington (Aug. 8, 2007)- An artist's rendition of the Coast Guard Response Boat Medium (RB-M). On June 21, 2006, the Coast Guard Awarded a Contract to Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) for the detailed design and production of the 45-ft. RB-M with the goal of building approximately 180 45-ft. RB-M's to replace the 41ft UTB's and other non-standard UTM's at stations. The award was the culmination of an extensive effort to provide the Coast Guard with the right boat to meet current and future mission activities. The detailed design is complete and on June 28, 2007 the keel was laid for the first 45-ft. RB-M marking the start of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). Illustration courtesy of Marinette Marine Corp.

Resolve Towing (Resolve Pioneer) Medical Evacuation Key West by Coast Guard

MIAMI — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 49-year-old man from the 190-foot motor vessel Resolve Pioneer Monday morning about 13 miles south of Key West, Fla. Search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a call from a Resolve Pioneer crewmember at 4 a.m. Monday requesting a medical evacuation for a crewmember who suffered a facial laceration when a towing line parted. See Coast Guard Video here.