Kayaker shares how she nearly drowned in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

An experienced kayaker shares her story of running into danger while kayaking in Cape Cod, Massachussets. The kayaker learned a valuable lesson that day and hopes that in sharing her story, others learn from her mistakes to always be prepared with the right equipment and to wear a life jacket.


National Safe Boating Week 2017: Wear It!

The North American Safe Boating Campaign has kicked off yet again and in a not so surprising turn of events, the theme remains: Wear It!


Hurricanes, again? Yes, it’s that time of year.

Hurricane preparation isn’t a new subject; in fact the Coast Guard has been harping about it for centuries. It’s not something to scoff at or dismiss; they aren’t spectacles to challenge. Sometimes hurricanes pass through with little to no damage, and then there are those that create extremely hazardous conditions, chaos, destruction and or death. Help us help you by being prepared before the unexpected happens.


An invisible danger: New England waters remain cold into spring

Northeast waters remain cold well into spring. It is tempting to shake off winter by hitting the water on the first warm days of the new season, but the reality is that the water temperature hasn’t caught up to the air temperature, and this equates to an often-overlooked danger. Kayaker Timothy Bare was hours away from becoming part of the growing statistic of paddlecraft related deaths.


Shutter Shootout 2017: Photo of the Year!

We are proud to announce “Lifesaver” has won Shutter Shootout 2017.
This photo was chosen by our fans who voted during the past three weeks on the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page to help decide the Coast Guard Photo of the Year.


Shutter Shootout 2017: Championship

This is the final round of the Coast Guard’s annual Shutter Shootout 2017 contest. This contest, coinciding with NCAA’s March Madness, allows our Coast Guard fans and followers the chance to choose the top Coast Guard photo of the year. The winner of the championship round will be announced Tuesday, April 4, 2017.


Shutter Shootout 2017: Final 4

The Final 4 round is here. The next round is upon is, so cast your vote on the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page now to see your favorite photo make it to the Championship round, Monday, April 3, 2017.


Protecting America: A day in the life of an ME “A” school student

Maritime Enforcement Specialist “A” school is a challenging and rigorous course of instruction provided at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. This demanding nine-week course teaches Coast Guard active and reserve personnel how to execute the Coast Guard’s unique law enforcement mission in a safe, legal and professional manner. Each year the staff at MLEA trains and graduates more than 150 students who receive orders to 450 units across the Coast Guard.

What does a day in the life of an ME student look like?


Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer service stepping up its operational roles

The men and women of the Coast Guard Auxiliary are stepping up their integration in day-to-day operations throughout Sector Charleston’s area of responsibility. From responding to search and rescue missions and educating the public to augmenting active duty members at units, the Auxiliary’s presence helps extend the Coast Guard’s reach throughout local communities. This initiative, known as “Think Auxiliary!”, is a response to a goal set by Capt. Gary Tomasulo, Coast Guard Sector Charleston’s commanding officer, to perfect and improve mission execution.


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Shutter Shootout 2017: Elite 8

The next U.S. Coast Guard Shutter Shootout round is here. We’ve whittled down the top eight photos, who will make it to the Final Four? The vote is up to you! Use the interactive bracket and vote on the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page with a “like” or “love” to cast your vote.


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