Stuck container ship in Chesapeake Bay finally refloated
A container ship the length of more than three football fields has finally been pried from the muddy bottom of the Chesapeake Bay more than a month after it ran aground. After two unsuccessful attempts to dislodge it, and the subsequent removal of roughly 500 of the 5,000 containers it was carrying, the Ever Forward was refloated just before 7 a.m. Sunday by two barges and five tugboats. A full moon and high spring tide helped provide a lift to the salvage vessels as they pulled and pushed the massive ship from the mud, across a dredged hole and back into the shipping channel.news.yahoo.com
Girl, 7, taken by helicopter from Carnival ship to St. Petersburg hospital
CLEARWATER — A Coast Guard helicopter successfully evacuated a 7-year-old girl from a cruise ship 264 miles southwest of Clearwater on Sunday, the agency says. The girl and her father were flown to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Her condition was not released Monday. A crew member aboard the cruise ship Carnival Dream alerted the Coast Guard that a girl onboard was in ...news.yahoo.com
New U.S. Coast Guard cutter heading here to work Great Lakes
Once it reaches the St. Lawrence Seaway, it will make its way through the Great Lakes until it reaches Duluth. “Upon arriving in Duluth, Spar’s crew will assume Coast Guard Cutter Alder’s area of responsibility and continue maintaining aids to navigation, domestic icebreaking, search and rescue and law enforcement,” the Coast Guard said. “She is named after the former U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserves, also known as SPARS. She is the second Coast Guard Cutter by this name, the first was SPAR (WLB-403) and was built here in Duluth in 1943,” the Great Lakes crew said in its Facebook post last year when it announced the changing of the cutters. The Coast Guard explained the switch this way:“Throughout the Coast Guard, the 225′ Juniper class buoy tenders are undergoing Midlife Maintenance Availability, during which critical ship systems are evaluated and extensive repairs are made.mlive.com
Coast Guard responds to 3 distress reports, warns of unsafe ice on Saginaw Bay
BAY COUNTY, MI - Coast Guard Station Saginaw River responded to three separate search-and-rescue incidents Sunday, March 6, on the Saginaw Bay ice, rescuing three stranded fishermen and investigating two ultimately false reports. Linwood resident Ronald Penix Sr. lives next to the public access site and shared photos of the bay ice conditions Sunday morning on Facebook. “I host ice fishermen every year and ice fish myself,” Penix said. Ledesma also highly discourages anyone from going out on the Saginaw Bay ice right now, as he said high winds and above-freezing temperatures are creating very unsafe conditions. “The bay ice is not safe to be out on right now, it is breaking up as we speak,” Ledesma said.mlive.com
Coast Guard saves two snowmobilers who crashed through Saginaw Bay ice
PINCONNING, MI — Two people were rescued from the Saginaw Bay by U.S. Coast Guard personnel after the snowmobile they were on plunged through the ice. The Coast Guard crew launched a 22-foot Ice Rescue Transport and rescued the two people from the ice. Scene of a rescue performed by personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Saginaw River in Essexville, who rescued two snowmobilers stranded on the Saginaw Bay on Feb. 25, 2022. “Fortunately, the survivors were wearing purpose-built ice fishing/cold water exposure suits,” the Coast Guard said. “Bravo Zulu to our rescue crew and our local partners for their steadfast dedication to the mission and for saving two lives on Saginaw Bay,” the Coast Guard stated.mlive.com
Venezuelan baby killed in mother’s arms as Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard fires at migrant boat
The fatal shooting took place as Coast Guard officers tried to stop a boat crossing the Venezuelan border into Trinidad and Tobago, in what the island nation’s officials described as an act of self-defense.washingtonpost.com
Wisconsin man, 73, killed in snowmobile accident in U.P.
IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI -- A 73-year-old man was killed Sunday in a snowmobile accident on Trail No. According to the Associated Press, Richard Reesman of Burlington, Wisconsin was pronounced dead at the scene after the snowmobile he was riding on with his wife struck a tree. The pair were riding the snowmobile around 1:45 p.m. when they failed to navigate a corner and collided with the tree. READ MORE:Minnesota man killed in U.P. after being ejected from snowmobileMan dies after being ejected from snowmobile into tree in Upper PeninsulaSnowmobile goes through ice into lake?mlive.com
United States Settles Clean Water Act Claims Against Fishing Companies, Manager and Vessel Chief Engineer for Violations in American Samoa
Fisheries Inc., the companies’ manager, and the chief engineer of the commercial fishing vessel Capt. The companies and their manager have also agreed to perform corrective measures to prevent future Clean Water Act violations. The United States alleges in the complaint that, on April 20, 2018, the defendants discharged oil and oily mixtures from the fishing vessel Capt. “The Department of Justice commends the Coast Guard for the investigation that revealed these violations and allowed these polluters to be held accountable.”“Being a steward to our environment is everyone’s responsibility,” said Captain Arex Avanni, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and Captain of the Port of Coast Guard District 14. Under the Act, the Coast Guard also has promulgated spill prevention and pollution control regulations for vessels and other facilities.justice.gov
4 people killed in plane crash on Michigan’s Beaver Island
Four of five people on a commuter plane died Saturday afternoon when it crashed on an island in Lake Michigan, authorities said. The plane went down at an airport on Beaver Island, located west of Mackinaw City, according to the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office. The identities of the people on the plane weren’t immediately released, and there was no initial indication of the circumstances surrounding the crash.news.yahoo.com
Georgia shipwreck's last giant chunk removed from water
The final giant chunk of an overturned cargo ship was removed from waters along the coast of Georgia on Monday, almost a year after demolition began on the wreck that tipped over with 4,200 automobiles in its cargo decks. Weighing more than 4,000 metric tons (4,410 U.S. tons), the eighth and last section of the South Korean freighter Golden Ray left the wreck site off St. Simons Island after a crane lowered it onto a big barge outfitted with a special cradle to hold the wreckage. “This is the end of the wreck removal phase," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes, a spokesman for the multiagency command in charge of the demolition.news.yahoo.com
Coast Guard: 1,200-foot ship dragged California oil pipeline
Investigators believe a 1,200-foot (366-meter) cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the Southern California coastline with crude. A team of federal investigators trying to chase down the cause of the spill boarded the Panama-registered MSC DANIT just hours after the massive ship arrived this weekend off the Port of Long Beach, the same area where the leak was discovered in early October. During a prior visit by the ship during a heavy storm in January, investigators believe its anchor dragged for an unknown distance before striking the 16-inch (40-centimeter) steel pipe, Coast Guard Lt. j.g.news.yahoo.com
Coast Guard: Wreck found in Atlantic is storied cutter Bear
The wreck of a storied military ship that served in two World Wars, performed patrols in waters off Alaska for decades, and at one point was captained by the first Black man to command a U.S. government vessel has been found, the Coast Guard said Thursday. A wreck thought to be the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear, which sank in 1963 about 260 miles east of Boston as it was being towed to Philadelphia, where it was going to be converted into a floating restaurant, was located in 2019. “At the time of the loss of Bear, it was already recognized as a historic ship," said Joe Hoyt, of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.news.yahoo.com
NTSB: Broadcasting only boat size led to fatal towboat crash
A fatal head-on crash between barges pushed by two towboats in Louisiana was caused by inadequate communication and failure to broadcast their total sizes, the National Transportation Safety Board says. The RC Creppel overturned and sank after the collision with the Cooperative Spirit about 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2020. Its pilot, captain and one of two crewmen were never found. A second crewman was rescued.news.yahoo.com
Orion Township native at center of search for missing woman in Virgin Islands
DETROIT – A Michigan man is at the center of the search for a British woman who has gone missing the U.S. Virgin Island. Sarm Heslop went missing more than two weeks ago, but the investigation is at a standstill. Ryan Bane -- from Orion Township -- has reportedly refused to let investigators continue to search his boat after reporting his girlfriend missing while the two were sailing between islands. The FBI has joined the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) in the search. FindSarm.comAn attorney for Bane released a statement that said Bane allowed investigators on his boat and handed over Heslop’s personal items.
Man using submarine to smuggle drugs across Detroit River sentenced
DETROIT – Glen Richard Mousseau was sentenced Wednesday to 71 months imprisonment after having plead guilty to using a submarine business to smuggle drugs between the United States and Canada. Original Story: Man using submarine to smuggle drugs across Detroit River found tied to floating bags of marijuanaMousseau, 49, is from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. After trying to stop the vessel, agents said they saw two large bundles being thrown into the water. While approaching the bundles, agents said they saw an unconscious man in the water. More Information: Man using submarine to smuggle drugs across Detroit River found tied to floating bags of marijuana
Army vet charged after climbing Mackinac Bridge for photos
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)ST. IGNACE, Mich. – An Army veteran already jailed in Ohio after the roof of a Cincinnati skyscraper was accessed has been accused of scaling the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to take photos. Issac Wright, 25, of Cincinnati, was arraigned Thursday via video in Cheboygan District Court on a charge of felony trespass upon a key transportation facility. Photos taken on the bridge’s south tower were posted in November on social media. The bridge connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Chartier said she only is representing Wright in the Michigan bridge case.
Coast Guard searches for man reportedly seen falling through ice near Belle Isle
DETROIT – The U.S. Coast Guard said it is searching for a man who was reportedly seen falling through the ice Wednesday evening near Belle Isle. Emergency personnel responds to a report of a man fallen through the ice at Belle Isle on Feb. 17, 2021. The man was seen falling through the ice. The Coast Guard was conducting a search of the Detroit River on Wednesday night. More: Detroit River news
Captain pleads not guilty to manslaughter in boat fire
The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people below deck, has pleaded not guilty to federal manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan surrendered Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, and was arraigned in Los Angeles federal court on 34 counts of seaman's manslaughter. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)LOS ANGELES – The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan was arraigned in federal court in Los Angeles on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. Truth Aquatics has sued in federal court under a provision in maritime law to avoid payouts to the families of the victims.
Bitter cold causes more flooding concerns along St. Clair River
EAST CHINA, Mich. – A State of Emergency was declared in Saint Clair County due to the flooding along its titular river -- and ongoing cold weather is expected to bring more ice jams, causing more flooding concerns for residents. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for southeastern Saint Clair County until 10 a.m. Tuesday. The jam forced the St. Clair River to overflow, causing water to surround the homes nearby. READ: Ice jams cause significant flooding along St. Clair River“Came right over the top. More information on the survey can be found on the Be Ready St. Clair County website here or its official Facebook page here.
State of Emergency declared in St. Clair County due to flood damage
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – A State of Emergency was declared in Saint Clair County due to the flooding along its titular river. Ice jams have caused the Saint Clair River to flood significantly. The State of Emergency was declared due to widespread damages to property caused by the flooding. Citizens who are impacted by flooding to their properties are encouraged to utilize the online self-reporting survey to catalogue and report damage. More information on the survey can be found on the Be Ready St. Clair County website here or its official Facebook page here.
Coast Guard ice breakers deployed to St. Clair River to relieve flooding
EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Three Coast Guard ice breakers from the United States and Canada have been working on the St. Clair River trying to break up ice dams. Homes along Pointe Drive in East China Township are affected. Those homes do not have basements but crawl spaces and if the water doesn’t recede soon, will be in people’s living rooms. READ: Ice jams cause significant flooding along St. Clair RiverSt. Clair County Emergency Director Justin Westmiller said the cause is a trifecta -- strong north winds, no ice bridge has formed in Lake Huron and all that ice has dumped into the river. “We got on the phone and by 3 p.m., we had federal assets from the U.S. and Canada speeding to the St. Clair River to break up the ice.”A fourth Coast Guard ice breaker will arrive Thursday morning.
Michigan officials warn people to be aware, use caution on ice
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 21: A man walks on ice along the shore of Lake Michigan as storm clouds, which dumped several inches of lake-effect snow on the city, heads east over the Lake on January 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)LANSING, Mich. – Authorities in Michigan are warning people to be extremely cautious on frozen bodies of water after six snowmobiles have fallen through ice in less than two weeks. State Conservation officers in southeastern Michigan are seeing snowmobilers riding into open water and falling through ice, said Sgt. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, officers responded Jan. 22 to reports of a drowning after strong winds created a pressure crack in ice over Lake Michigan. “Be aware of the ice conditions before you go out,” Becker said.
Freighter aground on Detroit River now freed
DETROIT – A freighter that ran aground on the Detroit River has been freed Thursday. The U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that the the Harvest Spirit has been refloated and will undergo further inspection. The 500-foot freighter Harvest Spirit, aground in the Detroit River since Wednesday morning, was successfully refloated this afternoon and is safely anchored in U.S. waters while awaiting a thorough inspection. News release: https://t.co/uso2FQQpnp pic.twitter.com/L3X47zJDww — USCG Great Lakes (@USCGGreatLakes) December 4, 2020Shipping was routed to Detroit River’s Amherstburg Channel, east of Bois Blanc Island. The Detroit River is one of the busiest rivers for commercial shipping on the planet.
California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34
The NTSB also faulted the Coast Guard for not enforcing that requirement and recommended it develop a program to ensure boats with overnight passengers actually have the watchman. Last year’s tragedy during a Labor Day weekend scuba diving excursion near Santa Cruz Island off Santa Barbara prompted criminal and safety investigations. Before the disaster, Boylan and Truth Aquatics enjoyed a good reputation with customers and the Santa Barbara boating community. Attorneys for Boylan and Truth Aquatics did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The families of 32 victims have filed claims against the boat owners, Glen and Dana Fritzler, and Truth Aquatics.
Marine general has COVID after Pentagon meeting
Ray attended the Joint Chiefs meeting Friday in the so-called Tank — the classified meeting room in the Pentagon. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials. The Marine Corps remains operationally ready to answer the Nation’s call.”The news of the positive tests has stunned officials at the Pentagon. Overall, more than 47,000 service members have tested positive for the virus, as of Monday; 625 have been hospitalized and eight have died. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days.
Military leaders quarantined after official tests positive
The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)WASHINGTON – The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days. Some stayed home after having been exposed to the virus and other military leaders have self-quarantined for a short time after returning from travel.
Info sought about plane that flew under Mackinac Bridge: See video
ST. IGNACE, Mich. Authorities are seeking information about a plane that flew under the Mackinac Bridge in late June. This was extremely reckless behavior on the part of the pilot, and it imperiled the safety of everyone on the bridge that day, said Det. We hope that someone can come forward with information to help us make sure it doesnt happen again, Demers said. A Coast Guard crew recorded the June 28 incident on video. The bridge connects Michigans two peninsulas over the Straits of Mackinac.
US, Canadian authorities search Detroit River for missing people after boat capsizes
GROSSE ILE, Mich. Emergency personnel are searching the Detroit River, just south of Stony Island, after a boat capsized Sunday night. According to authorities, the incident happened at about 7:30 p.m. Police said a boater from Ontario witnessed the incident and was able to province assistance to most of the passengers, but two adults have gone missing. Police said at least nine people were onboard, consisting of adults and children. The search included Grosse Ile Police and Fire crews, the Wayne County Marine Division, Canadian Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and the Downriver Dive Team. The status of the victims and their names have not been released by authorities.
Michigan officials: Boat at bottom of Grand Traverse bay must be removed
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. A sunken boat must be removed from the bottom of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan, according to state officials. Federal and state authorities said Thursday they are working to arrange the salvage operation for the 33-foot-long vessel that sank last month, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy spokesman Nick Assendelft said officials dont want that left in the water.The boat took on water June 19 and sank. The boats owner, Todd Elsenheimer, said he has insurance on the lake cruiser and his plan all along has been to remove it from the bay. The sunken boat continues to be monitored and it does not appear any of the 70 gallons of fuel believed to be on board has leaked, according to the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard rescues 5 people, dog from sinking boat in Lake Huron
BAY CITY, Mich. – Five people and a dog have been rescued from a sinking boat in Saginaw Bay. The 50-foot vessel was halfway submerged and one person wearing a life jacket was in the water when a Coast Guard rescue boat arrived after 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard said Thursday in a release. A line was tossed to the person who was pulled aboard the Coast Guard Station Saginaw River rescue boat. The other four people and the dog were helped aboard the rescue boat from the sinking vessel. Salvage crews were working Thursday on a plan to remove the sinking boat from Saginaw Bay, according to the Coast Guard.
US Coast Guard rescues 10 people from water in Grand Traverse Bay
GRAND TRAVERSE BAY, Mich. The US Coast Guard rescued 10 people from the water in Grand Traverse Bay on Friday. Officials say the people were rescued after their boat starting sinking into the water. At around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center received a distress radio call from a 30-foot vessel that was taking on water. The crew got on scene within 20 minutes and deployed their rescue swimmer to transfer everyone to a Good Samaritan vessel that had arrived to assist. In the video a a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer can be seen assisting 10 people from a sinking 30-foot vessel to a Good Samaritans vessel in Grand Traverse Bay on Friday.