itCG-Panama Canal exercise, 42 rescued in three SAR cases, safety zone enforcement
Posted by LT Connie Braesch, Sunday, September 20, 2009
- Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and other U.S. Armed Forces along with some of its international counterparts gathered at Naval Station Mayport to hold Fuerza Aliadas Panamax, a multinational exercise focused on defending the Panama Canal. Although the exercise is annual, this is the first time the command and control efforts for the 30 ships, 12 aircraft and thousands of people in the Panama Canal area are being coordinated out of the Naval Station Mayport. The exercise is realistic and trains the officers to deal with all types of maritime issues as well as language and cultural differences.
- Eight people were rescued off a 48-foot sport fishing boat that was taking on water off the southern coast of New Jersey yesterday. Good Samaritans in the area quickly responded to the Coast Guard distress call and safely rescued the people.
Story and video from a Coast Guard helicopter here
- Another fishing boat was in distress yesterday off the coast of New Hampshire. A 60-foot charter boat with 33 people onboard also began taking on water and called the Coast Guard for help where Good Samaritans nearby responded. Two Coast Guard boats from Station Merrimack River and Portsmouth Harbor also responded to help de-water the boat. Between the Good Sams and the Guardians, they were able to salvage the boat and the Coast Guard escorted back to port.
- A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Astoria rescued a hang glider pilot Friday evening who had crashed on the Oregon coast shoreline. The helicopter crew found the person near the wreckage in a cave and hoisted the glider to safety.
- Guardians will be enforcing a safety zone today along the waterfront of Morehead City, North Carolina during the 4th annual Crystal Coast Super Boat Grand Prix races. Coast Guard along with other local agencies will be directing vessel traffic around the safety zone to keep mariners inside and out of the zone safe.