52 Migrants Are Safely Recovered and returned to their home in the Dominican Republic
The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Dominican Republic Navy air and surface assets, combined efforts Wednesday during the interdiction of an illegal migrant voyage in the Mona Passage. The joint collaboration resulted in the recovery of all 52 migrants from a grossly overloaded makeshift boat and their safe return to the Dominican Republic. The group of migrants included 51 Dominican Republic and one Cuban nationals, 39 men and 13 women, who were safely returned to the Dominican Republic.
22 Aboard a 75′ Chartered Cruiser Have Their Trip Interrupted
A Coast Guard Station Mayport 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew conducts a boarding of a 75-foot pleasure craft, with 22 passengers aboard near Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville, Nov. 2, 2019. The vessel’s voyage was terminated for multiple violations. Owners and operators of illegal charter vessels can face maximum civil penalties of $59,000 for illegal passenger-for-hire-operations (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Coast Guard Names New Cutters after 911 Coast Guard Heros
Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant, announced in New York City flanked by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik, that two new cutters will be named in honor of Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Vincent Danz and Machinery Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Palazzo.
Palazzo served as a Coast Guard Reservist and FDNY firefighter at Rescue 5 in Staten Island. He perished while assisting others at the scene of the 9/11 attacks. Danz served as a Coast Guard Reservist, as well as an NYPD officer at the Emergency Services Unit in the Bronx. He was providing aid to victims on 9/11 when he perished during the World Trade Center collapse. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hightower)
Cutter James Returns with 9,000 Pounds of Cocaine
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James returned to Charleston Thursday following a 62-day counter-drug patrol in support of Operation Martillo, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
During their patrol, the James’ crew, along with members from Tactical Law Enforcement Team-South, Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, and multiple partner agencies, contributed to the interdiction of seven drug-smuggling vessels and were responsible for the seizure of more than 9,000 pounds of cocaine and 4,085 pounds of marijuana bound for the United States.
The Coast Guard Cutter James conducts Hurricane Dorian relief operations alongside the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark in the Caribbean Sea, Sept. 6, 2019. During their 62-day counter-drug patrol, the James’ crew, along with members from Tactical Law Enforcement Team-South, Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, Cryptologic Direct Support Element and multiple partner agencies, contributed to the interdiction of 7 drug-smuggling vessels and were responsible for the seizure of more than 12,677 pounds of cocaine and 4,085 pounds of marijuana bound for the United States. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter James)
Deck Boat takes on water off. Windly Island, 3 saved
The Coast Guard rescued three people from a vessel taking on water in the vicinity of Alligator Reef Lighthouse, Saturday. In the above photo, two people abandon the vessel taking on water near Windley Island, Florida to swim toward a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat. The station received a 911-relay call reporting a vessel taking on water with three people aboard near Windley Island and they quickly got on scene safely recovering all three people.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wilfredo Lugo
Float Plan Saves Starving Sailor
The Coast Guard assisted a 78-year-old man aboard a homemade sailing vessel, Thursday, after he ran out of supplies during a five-month journey across the Pacific Ocean.
The brother of the mariner notified Coast Guard District 11 command center watchstanders that his brother departed Japan at the end of May and was expected to arrive in San Francisco in late August. Due to a lack of wind, the man aboard the sailing vessel Mayfly was delayed by two months, depleting his food and water supply.
“If this mariner didn’t have a float plan and reliable communications ashore, the outcome of this case could have ended up drastically different,” said Cmdr. Justin Noggle, the Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach chief of response. “We are relieved that we were able to provide the much-needed assistance to bring him and his vessel back to shore safely.”
Another Illegal Charter
Reely Sweet, a 33-foot pleasure craft moored near Mallory Square had it’s cruise interrupted. A Coast Guard Station Key West boarding team conducted a boarding and discovered the uninspected passenger vessel wasn’t under the control of a properly licensed captain. “When purchasing a boat charter run by a provided crew, before you step on board the vessel, you should always check to see the captain’s license,” said Lt. Katharine Brodie, chief of the investigations division at Coast Guard Sector Key West. Participating in an illegal charter can put your life and everyone else’s life on the charter at risk, by being under the direction and control of an unlicensed individual.” (Coast Guard Photo)
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a person in the water near Destin, Florida, Friday. John Gyurtsak, 74, from Big Pine Key was reported overdue, Gyurtsak was last seen in his 34-foot pleasure craft, Thermocline, departing from Big Pine Key, Monday prior to 2 p.m.
Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report from Gyurtsak’s friend stating he was overdue after failing to meet him Tuesday at 9 a.m. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine unit located Gyurtsak’s boat anchored with the engine running approximately 1 mile south of Big Pine Key.
Coast Guard air and boat crews spent over 130 hours onscene and searched more than 4,909 square-nautical miles over the course of four days but were unable to locate the airman.