“Our goal was to get them out of the channel as fast as possible. There was no way the cargo ship would have seen them. The ship was approaching at about 15-20 knots. We only had about 15 minutes to get them out of the channel before being hit.”
Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop lifesaving equipment to individuals in distress. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common, but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea. This weekend, a Coast Guard aircrew flew approximately 1,036 miles to airdrop blood and medical supplies to a cruise ship northeast of the Hawaiian Islands.
As America wakes to start the day, Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, is already plowing through the seas of the Western Pacific Ocean. In keeping with the traditions of America’s Coast Guard, Sequoia sailed the Pacific performing aids to navigation, law enforcement and search and rescue missions. In addition to these missions however, Sequoia took on a few extra, including: collecting scientific data; assisting a village’s rebuilding efforts; teaching boating safety; and delivering humanitarian aid supplies to native Pacific Islanders.
Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo. Excerpts from Commodore Ellsworth P.Bertholf by C. Douglas Kroll and The Overland Expedition: A Coast Guard Triumph by Paul Johnson. On Aug. 21, 2012, the engines were lit and mooring stations set. […]
Coast Guard icebreaker Healy and tanker Renda have completed their mission to Nome, Alaska, after the safe delivery of an estimated one million gallons of diesel and 300,000 gallons of gasoline to the iced-in city. Two hoses were used to […]
Due to the tireless work of crews aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy and tanker vessel Renda, the final leg of a mission to deliver fuel to the town of Nome is now underway. Icebreaker Healy set out from Dutch Harbor […]
UPDATE: Video of the ships breaking through the ice is available on YouTube and in the Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery. The Coast Guard has a long history of braving harsh Alaskan elements to rescue mariners in distress, protect the […]
With contributions from Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson, 14th Coast Guard District public affairs specialist. As the island nation of Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand, entered severe drought levels, the approximately 1,500 residents looked beyond its shores for […]
The Coast Guardsman Creed challenges every member to “endeavor to be a model citizen in the community that I live in.” Between training, operations and the need to attend to their own family lives, finding time to be an active […]
Post contributed by Coast Guard Magazine Editor, Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton. The Coast Guard Magazine staff is proud to present a pre-release of our latest issue, available for download online. The Summer Edition of Coast Guard Magazine features unique […]