itCG-cocaine seized, West Coast SAR, National Preparedness Month

  • Coast Guard Cutter Bear spotted a suspicious, speeding boat yesterday morning about 20 miles off the coast of Panama in the Caribbean Sea. When the boat failed to stop, a Coast Guard helicopter fired warning shots and then disabling fire to intercept the boat. Despite the four suspects ditching their contraband, setting fire to their boat and jumping overboard, the Coast Guard was able to detain the suspects and recover 46 bales (2300 pounds) of cocaine. The detainees and contraband were turned over to Panamanian officials.
    Story here
  • Four boaters were rescued after their boat capsized about a mile off the coast of Coronado Islands before dawn yesterday morning. Unfortunately, after an extensive search by several agencies, divers recovered the fifth boater from inside the capsized vessel.
    Story here
  • Coast Guard Station Valdez assisted a 20-foot boat whose engine failed causing it to drift toward dangerous waters outside Valdez, Alaska. A Guardian was able to board the boat, get the engine started and maneuver the boat into deeper water. The boat was safely escorted to Valdez harbor.
    Story here
  • It’s National Preparedness Month! Head over to to check out the new Ready Campaign public service advertisements (PSAs). They surely make a strong statement. Everyone is encouraged to take three simple steps: (1) put together an emergency supply kit; (2) make a family emergency plan; and (3) get informed about the types of emergencies that could take place in their communities and appropriate responses.
    Check out the PSA’s here

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