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.

USCGC Morgenthau rescues fishermen

CGC Morgenthau rescues injured fishermen

Working on the high seas is inherently dangerous and circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. Such was the case on Wednesday afternoon for the crew of the 200-foot fishing vessel Ventuari. As Ventuarit’s crew hauled in their […]


Coast Guard conducts medevac while responding to Hurricane Tomas

As Coast Guardsmen gear up and head towards Haiti to provide assistance in the wake of Hurricane Tomas, a forward staged MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter crew responded to a call for help from a container ship about 200 miles northeast of […]

UPDATED: Kodiak aircrew medevacs injured crewman during blizzard

Everyone knows that foul weather is often the precursor to an amazing Coast Guard search and rescue story but every once in a while a particular case puts that into perspective. Take yesterday’s rescue of an injured fisherman nearly 100-miles […]

UPDATE 3: Guardians rescued from downed helicopter

Five Guardians from Air Station Elizabeth City were rescued this afternoon when their helicopter went down approximately 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah this morning. The aircraft was one of two Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopters on […]

(UPDATED) itCG – Tactical boat training, cocaine seized, small boat medevac, boat fire rescue, fog closes channel

UPDATE: Click here to read a story about the joint tactical boat training between Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and the Philadelphia Marine Police Unit mentioned in the picture of the day. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane seized 6,000 pounds of […]

itCG – Medevac, AMVER vessel rescues boaters, petroleum-based product spill, Flying Santa

[youtube QTRhvtt886E] This video illustrates the dangers of deploying a rescue swimmer and hoisting a person off of a vessel in 20-foot seas. This rescue took place on Saturday night when a Coast Guard helicopter medically evacuated a man off […]

itCG-Free whale-y, collision investigation, CBP drone, cruise ship medevac

Guardians, along with NOAA and Hawaii state DLNR officials, Sunday freed a young humpback whale that was entangled in hundreds of feet of plastic rope. The operation was made more difficult by the very large mother and a male companion […]

itCG-Missing boy, Rear Admiral first, diver medevac, Operation Safe Catch

Guardians from St. Petersburg, Fl. are assisting local law enforcement agencies in a search for a missing 3-year-old boy, after the boy and his estranged father were seen boarding a 32-foot sailboat and leaving a local marina. Authorities are concerned […]

itCG – Potomac River review, fisherman medevaced, 5 rescued from storm, new small boat, policy hearing online

The Coast Guard has concluded an internal investigation into a training exercise conducted by Station Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River that ended up drawing media attention on September 11, 2009. Click here to read the Coast Guard’s internal review […]

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