Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Molony assists two survivors from the Empire State Building in New York City after an accidental allusion with a B-52 bomber aircraft. Courtesy photo.

Unsung Coast Guard hero’s daring Empire State Building rescue

Few people today know that on July 28, 1945, a large aircraft crashed into the Empire State Building. Fewer still know that the accident produced the world record for surviving an elevator fall and that the fall’s victim was rescued by a United States Coast Guardsman.


Pritchard’s Grumman Duck in the icy waters of Greenland before taking flight on his final rescue mission. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The Long Blue Line: Pritchard and Bottoms – Last of the Coast Guard’s MIAs

Like many selfless Coast Guardsmen, Lt. John Pritchard and Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Bottoms, a radioman, went in harm’s way to save lives only to sacrifice their own. During World War II, the Coast Guard ran the Greenland theatre of operations. It was one of the war’s deadliest battlegrounds, where men fought not only the enemy, but the elements as well.


Drifting in the dark

Two Coast Guard members diving off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, lost their vessel, along with their emergency position indicating radio beacon, marine radio and cell phones. With a flashlight and a filed float plan, the two were safely found and brought to shore after 4 1/2 hours drifting in the water.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Joann Elizalde

Lt.j.g. Joann Elizalde, a reservist at Marine Safety Unit Chicago and a forester in her civilian career, heard a distress call of a man who had overturned his canoe in the cold waters of a Wisconsin lake while on a patrol of a forest. Elizalde took action to call for help and stayed with the man, giving him a glimmer of hope for survival.


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.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Paul Johansen

It’s a story that sounds as if it were pulled right from the movies. High winds, rough seas, a rescue helicopter low on fuel and a crew determined to save a life. But the danger was real for the Kodiak, Alaska-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew on a mission to save the life of a cargo vessel crewman. In the end the crew gets the man to safety and the pilot earned a prestigious award for his efforts.


Thankful for: A rescue

Thankful for: A rescue

The New Zealand doctor said it was like “angels in the sky with American accents had landed.”


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2012 Videos of the Year: Family of nine, two dogs rescued

The eighth video of the contest features a family of nine, along with their two dogs, and their dramatic rescue. The family was stranded in their beach home, surrounded by dangerous rushing waters during Tropical Storm Debby. The 2012 Videos of […]


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2012 Videos of the Year: Iced over

Today brings us to video number seven and takes us to the severe icy weather of Alaska. Crewmembers aboard the grounded fishing vessel Kimberly were stranded in Portage Bay overnight with their boat iced over. The 2012 Videos of the Year began Saturday, […]


Cutter Edisto helps wayward sea lion

As part of the service’s living marine resources mission, the Coast Guard teams up with a variety of organizations to aid in protecting and responding to distressed animals, including sea lions. Such was the case for Southern California crews with Franklin, a wayward sea lion.


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