itCG-CGC Zephyr returns to port, boat fire, building international relations

  • CGC Zephyr returned to homeport in Pascagoula, Mississippi, yesterday after a 46-day patrol. While underway, the cutter patrolled approximately 6,300 square miles and boarded 56 commercial fishing vessels. Fisheries boardings check for compliance with federal laws and regulations as well as fishing and safety equipment. The cutter also assisted with the apprehension of eight illegal Mexican migrants off the coast of south Texas.
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  • Coast Guard received a call that a 40-foot boat had erupted in flames at a marina in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and floated free into the river. The local fire department responded using a ladder to shoot water and try to control the fire. In accordance with the U.S. Coast Guard Addendum to the National SAR Supplement Section 4.4, the “primary responsibility for maintaining necessary firefighting capabilities in U.S. ports and harbors lies with local authorities.”
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  • Boynton Beach Police Marine Unit stopped a boat yesterday for speeding in a slow speed zone. While onboard, the officers discovered several passengers hiding in the boat who said they were from the Dominican Republic. The Coast Guard and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) responded to assist the officers with screening and interviewing the passengers.
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  • Yesterday, the Compass talked about the CGC Sycamore’s visit in Russia to build cooperation. The Coast Guard is also working with the Swedish Coast Guard to strengthen interagency relationships.
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