itCG-Cleveland rescue, piracy training, oil spill, survival at sea

Members of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team perform a vertical insertion on the U.S.S. Cape St. George, Oct. 21, 2009, as part of the Spartan Rings maritime security exercise. Click on image for more information and imagery on the Spartan Rings exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo)

Members of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team perform a vertical insertion on the U.S.S. Cape St. George, Oct. 21, 2009, as part of the Spartan Rings maritime security exercise. Click on image for more information and imagery on the Spartan Rings exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo)

  • The Cleveland Browns were not the only ones who needed a rescue Sunday night. The Coast Guard came to the aid of four people who fell into Lake Erie from a pier near Cleveland Browns Stadium. Guardians from Station Cleveland Harbor launched a rescue boat to retrieve the people from the frigid waters. Guardians urge people to take precaution against hypothermia when recreating near water in cold weather.
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  • Combating piracy is a top priority for Guardians in accomplishing their maritime law enforcement and regulatory missions and their efforts don’t stop at the U.S. borders. The Coast Guard formed the South Asia and Africa Regional Port Security Cooperative to unite countries in the region and share resources and information to combat piracy off the Africa coast. Guardians based in Yokota, Japan serve as liaison to the effort.
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  • Guardians are coordinating efforts among Louisiana state agencies and a private contractor in cleaning up a 200-gallon oil spill discovered in a marsh near the Port Sulfur High School. A Coast Guard pollution investigation team from New Orleans determined that high tides led to a discharge of oil from an abandoned wellhead. The crude oil spill covers approximately 3,000 feet of shoreline. The cleanup is ongoing.
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  • When this former Guardian became lost at sea, his Coast Guard search and rescue training and survival skills may have saved his life. What began as a day of surfing off the Texas coast became a 14 hour ordeal that ended with a stay on an oil rig after being pushed 14 miles out to sea by strong currents. The 61-year-old surfer was returned home safely the next day.
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