Shipmate of the Week – Derek Southern, Raymond Hudson and Brian Castleton

Crewmembers and passengers aboard the charter vessel New Seaforth were underway for a fishing excursion off the coast of San Diego when the words “man overboard” suddenly boomed across the deck of the vessel.


Danger and Dungeness

California’s commercial Dungeness crab season is scheduled to begin at midnight tonight for the central coast, from Avila-Morro Bay to the mouth of the Russian River, and December 1 for the northern coast, from the Russian River to the Oregon border. While the opening of the fishery is an exciting period for crab fishermen, it’s also a time to hone in on safety.


Boat escort

Safe haven from Hurricane Ingrid

In late September, Hurricane Ingrid prompted a fleet of 179 Mexican shrimp boats to request shelter in the port of Brownsville until it was safe to return to Mexican waters. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection crews boarded each of the vessels, taking account of crew numbers and any pollution concerns that could adversely effect the port. This process took approximately 18 hours.


Shipmate of the Week – OS3 Sean Davis

When commercial lobsterman John Aldridge was reported missing aboard the 44-foot vessel Anna Mary, a massive search effort ensued. Rescue crews from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York all came together to search for Aldridge in area larger than the state of Rhode Island. The man entrusted with communicating to the assets and crews? Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean Davis.


MK2 Pearson

Shipmate of the Week – MK2 Josh Pearson

Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Pearson is a machinery technician, one of the Coast Guard’s largest enlisted ratings. As a machinery technician, Pearson is a leader and manager, with a breadth of knowledge in all areas of machinery operation and maintenance. Pearson, alongside his engineering team, discovered the seas were so large, the bottom of the cutter was being exposed to air – either from excessive side-to-side rocking or when becoming airborne over the crest of a wave.


Ice rescue training

ICE: Intelligence, clothing, equipment

Many recreational boaters in colder parts of the country have put their boats away until spring, but scores of boaters still rely on their vessels for hunting, fishing and transportation. Once familiar lakes or rivers can freeze over and become unpredictable and dangerous. Ice is an ever-changing surface, and the fluctuating weather conditions affect the ice’s stability.


USCGC Shearwater small boat

Striper finders not always keepers

The pre-dawn January morning was chilled with a light breeze while wisps of fog clung to the distant skylines of Portsmouth and Norfolk. The crew of Shearwater was underway for Operation Striper Swiper, a federal and state initiative to preserve the striped bass population in federal waters — three nautical miles out from the shore and beyond to 200 nautical miles.


Mission to Africa

Mission to Africa: Strengthening global partnerships

As part of U.S. Africa Command’s mission, Coast Guardsmen from the Deployable Operations Group deployed to support the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership program. The program, commonly referred to as AMLEP, enables African partner nations to build maritime security capacity and improve management of their maritime environment through combined law enforcement operations.


Dolphin Helicopter

Alaska crews deploy to safeguard fishing fleet

As harsh winter weather causes Alaskans to pack up their boats until spring, the Alaskan crab and groundfish fleets brave fierce storms and icy temperatures in search of the big catch. As the fishing fleet gets underway, they can take […]


Coast Guard Angler of the Year – LCDR Bates

LCDR Richard Bates won the American Bass Anglers (ABA) Coast Guard Angler of the Year Award at the 2009 American Fishing Tour National Championship, held September 30 – October 2, 2009 at Pickwick Lake, Florence, AL. LCDR Bates also placed […]


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