itCG-the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, Navy & Coast Guard cross train, sea scouts rescued, Operation Dry Water yields results

Coast Guard members from Stations Vallejo and Rio Vista on scene with the Farallones in Suisun Bay near Concord, Calif.

Coast Guard members from Stations Vallejo and Rio Vista on scene with the Farallones in Suisun Bay near Concord, Calif.

  • Yesterday afternoon, Coast Guard responded to a distress call that the 85-foot sea scout training boat, Farallones, was taking on water near Suisun Bay in Northern California. All 27 kids and two of the adults were transferred by Coast Guard small boat to a ferry. Four adults stayed onboard to manage the flooding and transit the boat back to shore with a Coast Guard escort. Video and pictures of the rescue can be found in the Coast Guard’s Visual Information gallery.
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  • A recent incident in the Caribbean waters further illustrates the importance of good interagency communication. After the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane detected a suspicious boat departing Panama, it alerted a Coast Guard helicopter and the joint agency Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSI). The helicopter used warning shots and disabling fire to bring the vessel to a halt after the boat operator failed to stop as ordered. The CCSI arrested all four crewmen onboard and seized $8.5 million in cash.
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  • Last week in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. Navy divers and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members met with Coast Guard Guardians to conduct cross training and further enhance capabilities and coordination.
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  • During last weekend’s Operation Dry Water, several federal, state and local agencies across the nation stepped up their efforts to crackdown on boating under the influence and promote safe boating. This story highlights the results in Suffolk County, New York.
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