itCG-CGC Vigorous drug bust, practice makes perfect, grounded whale-watching boat, diver found

  • After finding and seizing 3,300 pounds of cocaine during a boarding of a Honduran flagged vessel in mid-June, the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous returned to the States and transferred the drugs and alleged crewmembers to the FBI on Monday.
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  • “This is a drill, this is a drill!” Didn’t Mom always say that practice makes perfect? Well, everyday across the nation the Coast Guard conducts exercises and drills to test its preparation for real world situations. Yesterday, in Port Angeles, Washington, Guardians held a tsunami drill. The lessons learned during these exercises help to improve plans and build personnel experience.
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  • Looks like Guardians in Port Angeles had a busy day yesterday conducting drills and rescues. Eighty passengers were evacuated from a whale-watching boat near Lopez Island and taken to shore after the boat grounded and started taking on water. The vessel was able to to keep up with the flooding using its dewatering pumps and eventually floated free with the incoming tide.
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  • Coast Guard Station Manasquan, New Jersey, responded to a distress call (see video) from Good Samaritans who recovered an unconscious diver from the water. The woman was later pronounced dead by medical authorities despite the Good Samaritan’s efforts to revive her. The accident is under investigation.
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