The cold, howling wind and pouring rain set an appropriate tone for the journey into the local life-saving history surrounding Long Beach Island, perhaps one of the most treacherous of New Jersey’s barrier island inlets, where the station is located. This area of the central New Jersey coast suffered nearly 200 shipwrecks within a 10-year period during the 1840s.
There are many attributes that make the Coast Guard the organization it is today. From the officer and enlisted workforce, to civilian employees and volunteers, to veterans, they all work in tandem to create a well-oiled machine. However, every once in a while, someone stands apart from the rest due to their selflessness and dedication to not only the Coast Guard, but the community around them.
While bad guys don’t take a break for the holidays, the good guys don’t either. And remembering to thank the good guys is the best gift ever. Just before the holidays, two recognition events marked a law enforcement milestone for the Coast Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Written by Lt. Andrew Williams. “Disabling fire authorized,” crackles over the Coast Guard precision marksman’s headset. Descending out of the night aboard a Navy H-60 Seahawk helicopter, he can see the large bales of cocaine, filling the boat as he [...]
To meet the demands of having Coast Guard boats and planes ready requires highly skilled engineers who are able to maintain the fleet of resources, enabling them to launch at a moment’s notice to help save lives or property. One of the Coast Guard’s many skilled engineers is Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Coaker from Coast Guard Station Oak Island in Oak Island, N.C.
Located on the northeast tip of Prince William Sound, Alaska, is a city with an average annual snowfall of 30 feet – the most of any community at sea level in North America. This city is Valdez and is home to [...]
Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Ameen, 7th Coast Guard District public affairs. With more than 12,000 miles of coastline in the United States, every mariner has a responsibility to look after one another. This principle of being a [...]
What began as a family adventure to sail to Australia turned into one couple’s quest, not only as mariners, but as parents and as heroes. The courage to save the lives of three strangers was a choice that Maurice and Sophie Conti could only let their conscious decide. Maurice and Sophie had sold everything they owned in 2007 and purchased the 47-foot French flagged catamaran, Ocealys. The Contis started their sailing adventure aboard with their two young children Massimo, who was 5 at the time and Annabelle who was 3.
Elaine Savage, a Coast Guard civilian employee with Naval Engineering Support Unit Industrial Service Activity Boston, received the Spirit of Hope Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., today. The award is given annually to a small select group of [...]
Hawaii’s second biggest island, Maui, is known for its dazzling sun and striking coastline. But for many in the Coast Guard, a trip to Maui will take you far from Hawaiian waters, halfway around the world, to the Middle East. [...]