itCG-plane recovered from Hudson, fishing boat aground, towboat collision, polluter found in Malta, auxiliary coxswain

  • The last two of the nine victims from the mid-air collision between a helicopter and small airplane over the Hudson River were recovered yesterday. The remaining two missing people were found inside the wreckage of the plane after it was retrieved from the riverbed about 60-feet deep.
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  • A 50-foot fishing vessel remains aground on Nye Beach near Newport, Oregon. Despite salvage crews efforts to remove about a quarter of the boat’s fuel and lighten the boat, it refused to refloat at high tide. The owners of the vessel are working with the Coast Guard on a salvage plan and pollution responders will continue to monitor the situation.
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  • The Intracoastal Waterway in Southern Texas has been reopened after the Coast Guard closed a portion of it yesterday when two towboats pushing barges collided early in the morning. One boat was undamaged, but the other boat began to take on water and partially sank. A nearby towboat rescued the crewmembers and assisted in controlling the freed barges. No pollution was observed. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
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  • Think you can evade pollution charges by leaving the country? The Coast Guard takes maritime pollution very seriously. So seriously that it tracked down a man in Malta on allegations of dumping waste from a boat into the San Diego Bay in 2006. According to the 2007 indictment, the man and the boat’s owner are charged with unlawful discharge of pollutants and plastics, conspiracy and making false statements.
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  • Ever wonder what it takes to become a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat coxswain? Here is a recent article congratulating a Kodiak Auxiliarist on his recent coxswain qualification. He is one of only 26 in the state of Alaska.
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