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Monday
Mar122012

Capsized Boat: Search Resumes for Fourth Body off California Coast

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- The Coast Guard has recovered the bodies of three men whose boat apparently capsized during a daylong fishing trip off the coast of southern California. They are still trying to retrieve the body of a fourth man.

The bodies were found by Coast Guard helicopters Sunday floating near a capsized boat off Santa Cruz Island, near Santa Barbara.  Coast Guard authorities said the boat was spotted about 20 miles away from the Channel Islands Harbor where the men had left for their trip Saturday morning.

One body was still on the boat, two others were floating nearby in the water.  Those bodies were recovered.

A fourth body was spotted five miles from the boat, but nightfall and choppy waves forced the Coast Guard to end its effort Sunday night.  The effort to retrieve the body will resume on Monday.

The men’s identities have not been released.

Coast Guard Lt. George Kolumbic said a search was launched after a relative of one of the men reported that they had failed to return from their fishing trip aboard the 24-foot boat.

It was the second Coast Guard search this weekend to end badly.  A search off the coast of Washington state for four men whose commercial ship suddenly disappeared without even a Mayday distress call was ended Sunday.

The Coast Guard said the four men are presumed dead given the length of time they’ve been missing and the temperature of the water, said to be around 40 degrees.

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Monday
Mar122012

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Fishermen in Washington

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday off the coast of Washington state for four men who were aboard a fishing trawler that sent out a distress signal early Saturday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert says helicopters, planes and a number of boats searched an area of about 640 square miles for 30 hours after the distress beacon led them to a debris field with an oil slick and an empty lifeboat.

Eggert said rescuers searched for the missing men longer than anyone could have reasonably survived in 12-foot-high seas and 46-degree water.  He said winds were blowing as strong as 70 miles an hour.

The Coast Guard has identified the men missing from the 70-foot fishing trawler Lady Cecelia as 22-year-old Luke Jensen, 25-year-old Chris Langel, 38-year-old Jason Bjaranson and 42-year-old Dave Nichols.

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Tuesday
Jan102012

Pair Survives Plane Crash at Sea En Route to Charity Mission in Haiti

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A father and daughter from Alabama are continuing on with their medical mission in Haiti after surviving a harrowing plane crash off the coast of Florida while en route to the island nation.

Dr. Richard McGlaughlin, 59, and his 25-year-old daughter, Elaine McGlaughlin, departed from their home near Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday for a planned stop in Miami, before continuing on to Haiti.  Just one hour after the pair took off from Miami, however, trouble struck in their small plane, forcing Dr. McGlaughlin, the pilot, to send a distress signal to Coast Guard officials that their single-engine jet was going down.

Quickly coming to their aid were two Coast Guard lieutenants, who happened to be on a cargo mission nearby and raced to the plane’s location, just off the coast of Andros Island in the Bahamas. The Coast Guard also deployed a HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft from Miami to find the McGlaughlin’s airplane.

Mechanical failure had caused the engine to stop, something both father and daughter could see from their perches on board the plane.

The McGlaughlins relied on the plane’s parachute to descend into the ocean, but at a descent of about 25 miles per hour.  Once the two hit the water, they faced the risk of drowning as the water in the plane rose around them.

The doctor and his daughter managed to make it out onto one of the plane’s wings, and then into an emergency inflatable raft stored on the plane.  Minutes later, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter deployed from Clearwater by the Coast Guard began to circle overhead.

Video shot by the Coast Guard shows the tail and wing of their plane sticking up out of the water, along with the plane’s parachute that saved their lives.

Coast Guard officials were able to hoist the two up out of the water and safely into the helicopter, with no injuries reported.  The pair were then flown to Odyssey Airport in Nassau, Bahamas.

Despite the scare, the incident wasn't enough to keep McGlaughlin and his daughter from going to Haiti; they departed Monday morning to the country.

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Monday
Oct102011

One Dead, Seven Rescued in Florida after Treading Water for 20 Hours

U.S. Coast Guard(MARATHON, Fla.) -- After treading water for about 20 hours, seven people who lost their boat off the Florida Keys were rescued Sunday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

An eighth person on board, an 80-year-old woman, drowned.

According to the USCG, the group's boat sank shortly after noon on Saturday.  Three of the seven survivors were pulled out of the water by a good Samaritan.  The remaining four, which included a 4-year-old girl, were rescued by the Coast Guard near Marathon, Florida.

The Orlando Sentinel said the girl had mild hypothermia but no other medical problems, besides exhaustion, was reported among the other survivors.  The USCG noted that some of the passengers had not been wearing life jackets.

It is not yet known what caused the boat to sink.

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Wednesday
Aug312011

Petraeus Retires, Warns Against Military Cuts

DoD photo by Cherie Cullen(WASHINGTON) -- On a sunny parade ground field at Fort Myer, near Washington, D.C., General David Petraeus’ storied 37-year Army career came to a close Wednesday.

“I have been privileged to serve in the arena together with America's finest, its men and women in uniform, as well as with its finest diplomats and civilian officials and innumerable coalition partners,” Petraeus told an audience of officials, colleagues, classmates, and friends as honor guards from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard looked on.

The man who literally wrote the book on how America fights its wars left his post as the head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan in July and will take over next month as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

That book, The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, was the cornerstone of the strategy Petraeus implemented at the helm of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been credited with turning around the situation in both theaters. The book even became a bestseller.

“Only Dave Petraeus could take a military manual and make it a great stocking stuffer,” quipped Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in his tribute to the outgoing general.

Mullen praised Petraeus as “the gold standard for wartime command in the modern era” and likened his leadership to military giants like Grant, Pershing, Marshall, and Eisenhower as “one of the great battle captains of American history.”

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Lynn heaped on the praise.

“No one has played a more important role leading this new generation on the battlefield than the man who stands before us today,” he said.

At a ceremony filled with the pomp and circumstance befitting a four-star general, Petraeus dedicated the bulk of his remarks to thanking everyone who helped him along his career, from his wife Holly to the soldiers he served with.

Many of Petraeus’ classmates from the West Point class of 1974 were on hand for the ceremony. Before it began, they huddled together to cheer for “Peaches! Peaches Peaches!” which was Petraeus’ childhood nickname.

Petraeus did offer one final piece of advice before taking off the uniform for the last time: a blunt warning about major cuts to military spending.

“As our nation contemplates difficult budget decisions, I know that our leaders will remember that our people, our men and women in uniform, are our military, and that taking care of them and their families must be our paramount objective,” he said.

“We have relearned since 9/11 the timeless lesson that we don't always get to fight the wars for which we are most prepared or most inclined. Given that reality, we will need to maintain the full-spectrum capability that we have developed over this last decade of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere,” Petraeus said.

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Thursday
Aug112011

US Fighter Jet Reported Missing over California Coast

U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Shawn J. Stewart/ReleasedUPDATE: The U.S. Coast Guard tells ABC News that the two people aboard the missing Marine Corps fighter jet have been recovered after search and rescue teams heard the duo calling for help from the water.

The two have been lifted to safety and are being transported to the Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego for treatment.  The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

A field of debris was spotted in the water, but there is no indication yet of what caused the accident.

(SAN DIEGO) -- A U.S. military fighter jet is missing over the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Navy reported the missing F/A-18 Hornet Wednesday night at 10:30.  They told the San Diego Coast Guard that the aircraft was last spotted 58 miles southwest of Point Loma in San Diego.

The Coast Guard has diverted two cutters, and has deployed a C-130 Hercules aircraft and a helicopter to search the scene and assist in rescue efforts if needed.

The USCG told ABC News that the fighter jet belongs to the Marine Corps and that it flew out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.

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Friday
Apr222011

Transocean Shares Blame for BP Oil Spill, Coast Guard Says

U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Coast Guard’s investigation into the BP oil spill has determined that Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, was culpable along with BP for the blowout and subsequent spill that left 11 people dead and devastated wildlife and businesses along parts of the southern coastal states.

Investigators said Transocean's "deficiencies" made the disaster worse.  The Coast Guard said the company lacked a culture that emphasizes safety.

“This investigation seeks to prevent an accident similar to the Deepwater Horizon by identifying the factors that led to the tragedy and making recommendations to remove or minimize those factors in the future,” said Capt. David Fish, chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis. “While nothing can bring back the 11 people who perished in this disaster, there is much that should be learned for the future.”

The Joint Investigation Team is comprised of representatives of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said that a final report on the matter is expected to be issued no later than July 27.

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Tuesday
Apr192011

Teenage Girl Recovering After Fall from Golden Gate Bridge

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A teenage girl who plummeted from the Golden Gate Bridge was recuperating in a hospital Monday, making her the second teenager to survive a fall from the San Francisco landmark.

Witnesses reported seeing the 16-year-old girl, who has not been publicly identified, go over the side of the bridge at 10:56 a.m. Sunday.  The Coast Guard was able to recover the young woman, who was responsive.

"The girl was conscious when she was pulled from the water," Coast Guard spokeswoman Laura Williams told ABC News.

The Coast Guard rushed the girl to shore, where the San Francisco Fire Department took her to Marin General Hospital.

It has not been determined if she fell or jumped off of the bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge has been a notorious place for suicides since it was built in 1937.  Very few survive the 220-foot fall to the middle of the span or the frigid, fast-moving water below.  A fall from the bridge is the equivalent of a four-second, 25-story fall.  The average human body hits the water at 75 miles per hour, generally resulting in fatal injuries.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Miami Mystery: Who Dropped Piano On Florida Sandbar?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MIAMI) -- The grand piano floats like a mirage over Miami's Biscayne Bay, a testament to music and haut pranksterism.

Miami's mystery piano was parked on Biscayne Bay sometime before last week when locals spotted it and called in the strange sighting, Jorge Bino of Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told ABC News.

The 650 pound grand piano stands upright, perfectly placed on the highest point of the sandbar, just a couple hundred yards from a row of condominiums.

"We have no idea exactly when it got there," Bino said. "Our agency cannot move it unless it becomes a navigational hazard. At this point it's high enough on the sandbar so that it is not a navigational hazard. So I guess it will stay."

The Coast Guard says it has no intention to remove it.

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Saturday
Dec042010

Freighter Adrift in Dangerous Alaskan Waters

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Coast Guard(ADAK, Alaska) -- A Greek-owned, Liberian-flagged, freighter carrying canola seeds and fuel went adrift in rough seas near Adak, Alaska, Friday when the main engine broke down.

The U.S. Coast Guard said that winds in the area were blowing at 45 mph, with 29-foot seas. None of the crew members were reported injured.

The coast guard was able to being towing the freighter, named Golden Seas, toward Dutch Harbor at about 8:30 p.m.

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