Is He Dead? Or What Is a Stoma?

By Michael Carr - “Is he dead?” the diver asked. “Shit, I have no idea,” his buddy said. “Is he breathing?” asked the first diver. “You guys need to start CPR,” said the helicopter crew chief, we are taking off now. “Right,” said the first diver, as he and his buddy tried to position themselves to do just this inside the cramped crew compartment of the Coast … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Optimistic About Icebreaker Funding

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - The United States may soon get funding for a new heavy icebreaker ship, the head of the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday, as global warming spurs the race to stake out the Arctic, which is rich in oil, gas, and minerals. The United States has two operational icebreakers - a heavy one, the Polar Star, which is more than 42 … [Read more...]

USCG Medevacs Two Norwegian Escape Crew Members with Burns Off North Carolina

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced two crewmembers of the cruise ship Norwegian Escape who reportedly suffered second-degree burns in an engine room accident. The accident occurred Monday afternoon as the cruise ship was off the coast of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. According to the Coast Guard, a crewmember aboard the vessel contacted watchstanders at the Fifth District … [Read more...]

Megayacht Attessa IV Involved in Fatal Collision with Fishing Vessel Off Southern California

The 332-foot megayacht Attessa IV was involved in a collision with a 65-foot sport fishing vessel off the coast of Southern California near the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday night, resulting in multiple injuries and one fatality. The U.S. Coast Guard said it medevaced one injured person via helicopter and rescued additional seventeen passengers from the sportfisher Prowler … [Read more...]

Columbia River Mystery Sheen

A large three mile mystery sheen on the Columbia River near Kalama, Washington on Wednesday initiated the immediate response of the Coast Guard, the Washington Department of Ecology and the Oregon Department of Environment. The spill was reported Wednesday morning by the crew of the dredge YAQUINA alongside the Temco Grain Terminal.  An Agency overflight at noon … [Read more...]