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    The White House blocked media access to President Joe Biden’s video conference call with members of the armed forces on Thanksgiving. Biden traveled via his motorcade to the United States Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket to hold the traditional video conference call with the troops, but the press was not allowed in to watch him speak. According to the White House, Biden spoke with the Marine Corps 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit at sea on the Arabian Gulf, the Navy’s USS Milius (DDG-69) at sea on the East China Sea, the Air Force 837th Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the Coast Guard’s Air Station Kodiak in Alaska, the Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron in California, and the Army 194th Armored Regiment in Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The decision to curb access to the video call is a departure from the level of access in past years. When former president Donald Trump was president, he hosted his entire Thanksgiving video call with the press and typically answered several questions from reporters. Biden only spoke to...
    A Nantucket man reportedly gave President Joe Biden’s motorcade the middle finger as Biden made a stop on Thanksgiving during his stay at billionaire David Rubinstein’s compound. Biden and first lady Jill greeted the U.S. Coast Guard members before retiring to their vacation home on Rubenstein’s island. Biden gave “challenge coins” to Coast Guard members as a way to commemorate their service. The President said to Coast Guard members: I’m not joking when I say I’m thankful for these guys – I’m thankful for them, and everybody, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I’ve watched them in the South China Sea, I’ve watched them in Afghanistan, Iraq. I’ve watched them in South America … Wherever they are.” However, there was “one gentleman standing on his porch giving the middle finger to the presidential motorcade as we neared the coast guard station,” according to White House pool reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs. The Nantucket man’s gesture is symbolic of how many Americans feel about the President and represents a rising discontent with Biden. Conservative stadiums across the country have been chanting “Let’s...
    President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care — Feds, military top 90 percent vaccine rate Cities prep security plans for large holiday crowds On The Money — Biden's big plans for the Fed MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Biden officials consider more Ukraine aid Biden, Harris volunteer at DC nonprofit before Thanksgiving The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden's strategy to lower gas prices MORE met with Coast Guard service members on Thursday during Thanksgiving in Nantucket, Mass. "What am I thankful for? I'm not joking when I say I'm thankful for these guys," Biden said, according to CBS News.  "Thankful for them and everybody — I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I've been all over the world, I've watched these people. I've watched them in the South China Sea, I've watched them in Afghanistan and Iraq, watching them in South America — wherever they are. People wonder what America is? They look and they see them — that's who they see. They don't see us here. They see them. And they make me...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A small cargo ship carrying about 400 mostly Afghan migrants and refugees was towed Saturday to “a safe anchorage” off the Greek island of Kos near the Turkish coast, Greece’s coast guard said. A coast guard spokesman told The Associated Press on customary condition of anonymity that he couldn’t divulge the precise location and said he didn’t know what the coast guard was planning to do with the ship and its passengers. The coast guard said Friday the Turkish-flagged freighter was located by a Greek search-and-rescue vessel east of the island of Crete following a tip that it needed assistance. Greece has made a formal request to Turkey to take back the ship, which, according to the coast guard, sailed from the Turkish coast and was headed to Italy. Greek authorities have said it would like to tow the ship to a port, pending Turkey’s response, but haven’t decided on which port yet. They are also mindful of the possible reaction from local populations, who have seen the arrival of migrants over the past six years...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Oil has been washing up on some Southern California beaches since a leak in an underwater pipeline from an offshore platform sent tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude into the ocean waters. The spill fouled the famed sands of Huntington Beach, known as Surf City USA, and could keep the ocean and shoreline closed there and in some other communities to the south for weeks. Here’s a look at what happened, who’s involved and the aftermath: WHAT HAPPENED? Boaters off Orange County and residents of Newport Beach started reporting a petroleum smell in the air and oily sheen on the water Friday afternoon, Oct. 1. The following morning the Coast Guard confirmed a spill. The sheen on the ocean was miles wide and crude started washing ashore in sticky, black blobs. The leak occurred about 5 miles (8 kilometers) offshore at a depth of about 98 feet (30 meters) and came from a pipeline owned by Amplify Energy. The Houston-based company also owns and operates three nearby offshore platforms that pipe...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two Rhode Island men authorities say touched off a needless and expensive ocean search-and-rescue effort when they fired maritime distress flares to celebrate a friend’s wedding have agreed to pay $5,000 each to settle the case, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The Coast Guard and the town of New Shoreham spent more than $100,000 combined responding to the flares off Block Island on June 6, 2020, when there was no one in distress, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Providence. Perry Phillips, 31, and Benjamin Foster, 33, “knowingly and willfully communicated a false distress message to the Coast Guard,” according to the civil complaint, and “caused the Coast Guard to attempt to save lives and property when no help was needed.” The men borrowed a flare gun and flares, set out on the water in a small skiff, and fired three flares when they thought they could be seen by people at their friend’s wedding reception, prosecutors said. They recorded their actions to post on social media, prosecutors said. People who saw the...
    The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a 35-foot sailboat with 104 Haitian migrants after the boat was spotted in Florida waters. The migrants spent six days sailing from Haiti in hopes of reaching the United States but were intercepted by the Coast Guard on Sunday, just 18 miles off the coast of Biscayne Bay, south of Miami. 'There were way too many people on board,' U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Estrada said, according to WPLG television. The U.S. Coast Guard's 7th District said the migrant were removed from the overcrowded boat and transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge.  The U.S. Coast Guard stopped a 35-foot boat with 104 Haitian migrants after the vessel was spotted in Florida waters on Sunday The 104 migrants - all natives of Haiti -  spent five days sailing across the Atlantic and were initially spotted by a Good Samaritan who alerted the U.S. Coast Guard. The individuals were transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge and later provided medical treatment U.S. Coast Guard approaches a vessel (left) with 104 Haitian migrants...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A sailboat with 80 Haitian migrants was intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard 18 miles from Biscayne Bay. The Coast Guard said the overcrowded boat was intercepted Sunday after they got a tip about it from a good Samaritan. Haitians have been fleeing their country and trying to reach America, following last month’s 7.2 earthquake and the political turmoil from the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek coast guard authorities say they have intercepted a yacht carrying 124 people believed to be migrants just off the coast of the Cycladic island of Milos, nearly three days after intercepting nearly three dozen others in a sailboat on the coast of a southern Greek island. The coast guard said it was tipped off by a member of the public about the yacht, which was located in the early hours of Tuesday near a beach on the southern coast of Milos. All 124 people on board were transported to the coast, while the yacht, which was found to have taken on a small amount of water, was confiscated, the coast guard said. The nationalities of those on board were not immediately made public. In a separate incident announced Tuesday, the coast guard said it intercepted 35 migrants on Sunday and arrested two people, ages 36 and 71, on suspicion of people-smuggling, after receiving a distress call about a sailboat on the southern Greek island of Kythira. The boat’s passengers were safely evacuated to shore, while...
    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Florida has arrested a suspect who is charged with murdering an active-duty Coast Guard member outside her home. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department on Tuesday announced the arrest of Tyree Levon Parker, 22, in connection to the Aug. 3 shooting death of 27-year-old Caroline Schollaert, who was trying to stop Parker from breaking into her car, according to authorities.  "While on the phone with the Communications Center, the victim confronted the suspect, held him at gun point [sic] and ordered him to remain until police arrived. Unfortunately, the suspect refused to comply or surrender. Instead, he fired several shots from a handgun, striking the victim," the sheriff's department wrote Tuesday in a Facebook post. Parker allegedly used a stolen firearm from an unlocked vehicle in the neighborhood to shoot the victim, according to authorities.  When responders arrived at the scene, they attempted to perform life-saving measures on Schollaert, who eventually died of her injuries. SURFSIDE CONDO COLLAPSE: ANONYMOUS BIDDER OFFERS $120M TO BUY SITE Several citizens provided "critical information" to authorities that ultimately led to Parker's...
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard was responding Thursday to an emergency alert from a sightseeing plane with six people on board in the area around southeast Alaska’s Misty Fjords National Monument, a spokesperson said. Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow said the Coast Guard received an initial notification around 11:20 a.m. The location of the emergency beacon put it in the Misty Fjords area, northeast of Ketchikan, he said. The Coast Guard was told by the plane’s operator that five passengers and a pilot were on board, he said. Wadlow did not have details on when the plane took off. He said Coast Guard responders were dispatched. Calls and messages to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were not immediately returned. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Alaska man who says he was stalked by a bear in the wilderness and rescued by the Coast Guard says he had scrawled 'SOS' on the roof of his shack has been identified and is recovering at home. Richard Jessee says he was riding his ATV with a trailer attached to it to it in Nome last week when he says the bear 'came out of nowhere', picked it up like 'a toy' and tossed it.  He was on his way to mine for gold in the region, as he does every summer.  He claims that the ATV sank in the river, taking his cell phone with it, leaving him alone in the wilderness to fight off the bear.  Richard Jessee says he was riding his ATV with a trailer attached to it to it in Nome last week when he says the bear 'came out of nowhere', picked it up like 'a toy' and tossed it He fired a shot from his pistol to scare the bear then escaped to his cabin where for four days, he...
    As calls from the international community increase to respect the rights of peaceful protesters in Cuba and to release the detainees, the Cuban diaspora plans to send a flotilla to international waters, despite the fact that the authorities consider it illegal. “We, the Democracy Movement for 22 years have made flotillas, we have made 27 flotillas off the coast of Cuba,” Cuban exile Ramón Saúl Sánchez explained to the Voice of America. Sánchez, who amid calls from different groups to jump into the water this Monday in South Florida to bring humanitarian aid to the island, recounted what he has experienced: “We have been attacked by the dictatorship, our ships have also been confiscated from here, because there is a presidential decree against us so that we do not enter our waters, “he said. For his part, Rear Admiral of the Coast Guard, Brendan McPherson, reiterated the consequences of setting sail for the Cuban island despite the prohibitions: “Bringing supplies or anything to Cuba from the United States without a permit is a violation of the American law. So the...
    Coast guard officers patrolling off the coast of Hokkaido nabbed 11 men who were in the midst of a sea cucumber heist. Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Getty Images; Rumoi Coast Guard The Japanese coast guard busted poachers' attempt to make off with nearly $20,000 of sea cucumbers. Eleven men were nabbed after the coast guard at the port city of Rumoi, Hokkaido, was tipped off. More than 1,500 pounds of sea cucumbers — an expensive delicacy in East Asia — were recovered.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Eleven people were arrested off the coast of Hokkaido in northern Japan on July 8 during a massive sea cucumber heist — a daring nighttime attempt to make off with 1,500 pounds of contraband, per Hokkaido news channel HTB News. The Japanese coast guard team stationed in the port city of Rumoi, Hokkaido, received a tip-off about a team of people who were attempting to make off with enough sea cucumbers to fill 13 huge crates.  Sea cucumbers are a prized haul because of their prime status as a culinary...
    A search is underway for a 52-year-old missing boater off the Long Island coast. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report at around 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 3, that the man had fallen overboard from his boat in Northport Bay in Huntingto while out with his son in Huntington.  He is described as wearing dark clothes and was not wearing a life jacket, the Coast Guard said. Currently searching are crews from: Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck 45-foot response boat Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Northport Police Department Northport Fire Department Huntington Harbormaster Nassau County Police Suffolk County Police divers Anyone with possible information on the man's whereabouts is urged to call Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at (203) 468-4421.
    A search is underway for a 52-year-old missing boater off the Long Island coast. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report at around 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 3, that the man had fallen overboard from his boat in Northport Bay in Huntingto while out with his son in Huntington.  He is described as wearing dark clothes and was not wearing a life jacket, the Coast Guard said. Currently searching are crews from: Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck 45-foot response boat Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Northport Police Department Northport Fire Department Huntington Harbormaster Nassau County Police Suffolk County Police divers Anyone with possible information on the man's whereabouts is urged to call Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at (203) 468-4421.
    The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded over 7,500 pounds of cocaine at Port Everglades on Monday, CBS Miami reports. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma worked tirelessly offloading the bales with an estimated street value of $143.5 million. The coke -- more than 3.75 tons of it – was seized in three interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The first came on April 16, when a USCG detachment team on the HMCS (Her Majesty's Canadian Ship) Saskatoon caught five suspects on a low-profile vessel. Nearly 4,000 pounds of cocaine were seized on that craft. Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma's crew offloads more than 7,500 pounds of cocaine, an estimated street value of $143.5 million, at Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on June 14, 2021.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Charly Tautfest Four days later, on April 20, a maritime patrol flight alerted the Tahoma crew to a vessel that turned out to have 2,400 pounds of coke. Four people were apprehended in that operation. Another 1,200 pounds were recovered on April 23 by a Tahoma...
    A BOAT carrying 20 Cuban migrants capsized on Thursday, leaving two dead and ten missing. Eight survivors have been pulled from the water. The US Coast Guard found the survivors and deceased about 18miles south of Key West, Florida on Wednesday afternoon. 4The US Coast Guard pulled eight survivors from the water and two deceased 4The survivors and deceased were pulled from the water at about 1PM on WednesdayCredit: USCG Southeast Officials believe the boat departed Puerto de Mariel, Cuba, on Sunday and sank about 14miles from the Florida coast on Wednesday. “Our responders are focused on the search for survivors,” said Senior Chief Seth Haynes, who supervises the Key West command center. Officials are utilizing two cutter boats, several smaller vessels, and three military helicopters in the search, according to CBS4. “We will continue to search through the night for those reported missing, and if any mariners see or hear anything, to render assistance if possible and contact the Coast Guard," Haynes said. 4US officials are searching for the eight missing with cutter boats...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden singled out competition with Russia and China as part of his vision for the military branch's role in national security as he addressed the United States Coast Guard Academy's 2021 graduating class on Wednesday.Speaking from the academy's campus in New London, Connecticut, Biden recognized the accomplishments of the graduates amid an unprecedented pandemic before he outlined his belief that the US is at a "significant inflection point in world history," broadly discussing the Coast Guard's role in pandemic, storm, wildfire and flooding response.He emphasized his commitment to strategic competition with Russia and China, calling out those nations for "disruptive actions," something, he said, he has discussed with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin."When nations try to game the system or tip the rules in their favor, it throws everything off balance. That's why we are so adamant that these areas of the world that are the arteries of trade and shipping remain peaceful, whether that's the South China Sea, the Arabian Gulf, and, increasingly, the Arctic," Biden said. "It's a vital interest to America's...
    President Joe Biden took particular delight Wednesday by upholding the tradition of absolving graduating Coast Guard cadets of any 'minor infractions' – then alluded to carrying out a college prank of my own. 'I hereby absolve all those,' he said of minor infractions that might otherwise mar the records of graduating cadets.  'You have no idea how much I wish you’d have been able to do that in my graduation,' he joked.  President Joe Biden spoke to Coast Guard Academy graduates, and referenced a college prank where he hosed down the head of his college dorm with a fire extinguisher 'Minor infractions like using a fire extinguisher to hose down an RA,' he said, alluding to a prank he carried out on his dorm advisor at the University of Delaware.  According to Richard Ben Cramer's What it Takes, Biden 'screwed around' in school, 'trying to be Joe College.' He got probation 'for dousing the dorm director with a fire extinguisher.' High school pranks included streaking in the parking lot.  Biden made the quip on a trip to the Coast Guard...
    President Joe Biden delivers his first commencement address as president to Coast Guard Academy graduates Wednesday, as he faces new pressure from within his party turn up public pressure on Israel over its war with Hamas. Biden flies to New London, Connecticut to deliver the speech Wednesday morning. Presidents deliver graduation to the service academies on a rotating basis. Early indications were that the president would speak about the role of the Coast Guard in safeguarding the nation's security, although presidents sometimes use spring graduation ceremonies to touch on more sweeping themes. President Joe Biden speaks to Coast Guard Academy graduates on Wednesday In Biden's case, the speech comes as the administration was set to formally announce 60 per cent of Americans had received at least one coronavirus shot. It also comes a day after fighting between Israel and Hamas intruded on his trip to Michigan. Biden spoke for several minutes on the tarmac in Michigan with Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who according to her office pressed him on what she called unconditional support for Israel. President Joe Biden...
    This is the moment Colombian security forces arrested three men after they attempted to sink a narco-sub transporting almost $44 million in cocaine in the Pacific Ocean. Footage of the massive drug bust shows the moment the suspects, who identified themselves as fishermen, stood on top of the vessel. The man-made vessel stood afloat after the men had opened the narco-sub's valves to let the water in in an attempt to evade capture. Yeferson Torres, Pablo Torres and Flavio Mina were busted for transporting 922 kilos of cocaine in a man-made narco-sub April 24 in the Pacific Ocean off the Colombian city of Tumaco Yeferson Torres, Pablo Torres and Flavio Mina stand on top of the vessel moments after they opened the valves in an attempt to sink the narco-sub with 922 kilos of cocaine bound for Mexico The Attorney General's Office of Colombia said the cocaine was bound for Mexico by a drug trafficking network led by guerrilla followers of Jairo Martínez, the deceased former leader Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates — American and Iranian warships had a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, the first such incident in about a year amid wider turmoil in the region over Tehran's tattered nuclear deal, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday. Footage released by the Navy showed a ship commanded by Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard cut in front of the USCGC Monomoy, causing the Coast Guard vessel to come to an abrupt stop with its engine smoking on April 2.   The Guard also did the same with another Coast Guard vessel, the USCGC Wrangell, said Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet. Such close passes risk the ships colliding at sea. U.S. keeps carrier in Gulf, citing "threats" from Iran Iran did not immediately acknowledge the incident in the southern reaches of the Persian Gulf, which resulted in no injuries or damage.   "The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio, five short blasts from the ships' horns, and while the (Iranian) Harth 55 responded to the bridge-to-bridge radio queries, they continued...
    (CNN)A sixth body has been recovered several miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, where a commercial vessel capsized on April 13, according to the Lafourche Parish Coroner.There were 19 people on board the 129-foot commercial liftboat, known as Seacor Power, at the time of the capsize, according to the US Coast Guard. Six people were rescued, six bodies have been recovered and seven people remain missing.Officials say the details of the ship's mission and where it was going are still under investigation. Liftboats are used to service oil platforms and other offshore assets like wind farms.How a thunderstorm with the power of a hurricane capsized a ship"Our rescue crews have been diligently continuing the search and rescue efforts for the missing people from the capsized vessel," said Capt. Will Watson, commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans."Out of respect for privacy of the family members involved, the Coast Guard is not releasing the names of those rescued, recovered or missing," the US Coast Guard said in a statement last week.Read MoreA 45-foot response boat, helicopter, plane, and cutter have been...
    A YOUNG mum was allegedly set alight and killed by her ex in the back garden of her home in Australia while her three kids were inside. The estranged partner of the victim - Kelly Wilkinson, 27 - has been charged with murder as he is guarded by cops in hospital with burn injuries after her body was discovered in the backyard of her house on the Gold Coast. 4Kelly Wilkinson, 27, was found dead in her back yard in AustraliaCredit: GoFundMe 4The young mum's estranged partner, Brian Johnston, has been charged with her murderCredit: Facebook Police dashed to the scene in Spikes Court, Arundel, after a worried neighbour reported a disturbance to cops at 6.40am local time. Officers found a burnt body in the garden and are treating the case as a homicide. Her ex, Brian Johnston, was located nearby in a “semiconscious state” two blocks away shortly after, also with burn injuries. He had burns to his hands and airways, and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition. Queensland Police have now charged...
    The U.S. Coast Guard is suspending its search for eight missing crewmembers of the overturned Seacor Power ship, after finding a fifth body Sunday. The Seacor Power, a 129-foot commercial ship, capsized Tuesday afternoon during a violent storm, trapping 19 people underwater off the coast of Louisiana. OHIO RIVER BOAT-BARGE COLLISION AFTER LOUISVILLE FIREWORKS SHOW LEAVES 1 DEAD, 2 MISSING: REPORTS Six crew members were rescued Tuesday last week, but after three days the rescue effort turned into a recovery effort. The search is being suspended at sundown Monday after the Coast Guard determined that enough time had passed and that it needed to "shift" the focus to a National Transportation Safety Board investigation. Watson said the "overriding factor is the probability that a person can survive given the conditions, over a period of time." next Image 1 of 3The capsized lift boat Seacor Power is seen seven miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, April 18, 2021. The vessel capsized during a storm on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) prev next Image 2...
    The so-called Coast Guard Caucus in Congress is calling for the commandant of that service to be added to the Joint Chiefs of Staff after it was used to respond to Chinese aggression in the Philippine Sea. China has more naval ships than the U.S. military, with American shipbuilding struggling to keep up, but the Coast Guard sent a cutter and a Hercules search plane stationed in Guam 750 miles in December to respond to illegal Chinese fishing vessels operating near the Pacific nation of Palau. The island nation was visited by former Trump Defense Secretary Mark Esper last year as part of an effort to build new Pacific alliances and contain Chinese aggression and Beijing's flouting of international laws. Naval security experts have noted that China’s ship advantage is smaller than advertised due to its number of littoral ships that operate closer to shore. Now, members of Congress from Gulf states argue that the Coast Guard's role in containing Chinese aggression has been demonstrated. ESPER CASTS WIDE NET IN PACIFIC EFFORT TO BUILD PARTNERS AND CONTAIN CHINA...
    VATHY, Greece (AP) — On a pine-covered hill above the sparkling Aegean Sea lies a boy’s grave. His first boat ride was his last — the sea claimed him before his sixth birthday. “He drowned in a shipwreck,” his gravestone reads. “It wasn’t the sea, it wasn’t the wind, it is the policies and fear.” Those migration policies are being called into question in the case of the Afghan boy’s 25-year-old father, who is charged with child endangerment for taking his son on the journey from Turkey to Greece and faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment. This is believed to be the first time in the European Union that a parent faces prosecution for their child’s shipwreck death in the pursuit of a better life in Europe. The father, divorced and raising his son alone, said he decided to leave Turkey after his asylum application there was rejected twice, fearing deportation to Afghanistan. “I didn’t come here for fun. I was compelled,” he said. “I decided to go for the future of my son, for my future, so...
    More On: Rohingya UN fears situation will worsen for Rohingya in Myanmar Fire destroys homes of thousands in Rohingya refugee camps First Rohingya refugees arrive at isolated Bangladesh island Malaysian lawmaker calls for hate speech law after Reuters’ Rohingya report DHAKA, Bangladesh — A group of Rohingya refugees is adrift in a boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, the United Nations said Wednesday, as their families worried that many may have already died. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, said it understands that some of the refugees died after the boat left southern Bangladesh about two weeks ago. It said it does not know the boat’s exact current location. The U.N. and rights groups including Amnesty International have said many of the refugees were ill and suffering from acute dehydration. Reports said about 90 refugees, including some children, started the journey to seek better lives. Human traffickers often lure refugees, promising them work in Southeast Asian nations. More than 1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in crowded camps in Bangladesh, including more...
    China today has sent two coast guard vessels to Japan’s territorial waters amid rising tensions between the two countries over the disputed islands in the East China Sea. The Chinese ships, including one equipped with what appeared to be an autocannon, intruded into the contiguous zone near the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands on Tuesday morning, reported Japanese media. The uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, controlled by Japan but claimed by China, have been a long-standing dispute that has plagued the relations between Beijing and Tokyo for years. China today has sent two coast guard vessels to Japan’s territorial waters amid rising tensions between the two countries over the disputed islands in the East China Sea (file) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next China arrests leader of £2m fake Covid-19 vaccine scam as... WHO scientist who led Wuhan Covid probe reveals disease 'was... Hong Kong activists flash protest salutes in court as... North Korean hackers attempted to steal Pfizer coronavirus... Share this article Share The incursion comes after China has...
    The Coast Guard captured the moment they rescued a skier after he was mauled by a brown bear who was with her cubs in Alaska's backcountry over the weekend. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka hoisted the man who suffered injuries to his head and hands after being attacked on a mountain during a backcountry skiing outing on Saturday. He was flown to Juneau where medics were waiting to transport him to a hospital.  The Coast Guard said they received a request for the helicopter hoist from Alaska State Troopers at about 3.20pm on Saturday. 'The helicopter crew located the man and two other skiers in his party about 10 miles northwest of Haines at an elevation of 1,600 feet, just above Chilkoot Lake,' a statement from the Coast Guard reads.  Scroll down for video  The Coast Guard captured the moment they rescued a skier after he was mauled by a brown bear in Alaska backcountry over the weekend. A member of the Coast Guard is seen on the ground and approaching the victim  Authorities said...
    ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A man has been charged with making a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard in Maine that resulted in a more than five-hour search by boat and helicopter. Nathan Libby, 31, of Rockland, was charged with making the fake call Dec. 3 via VHF-FM radio channel 16, the U.S attorney’s office said in a news release Friday. Libby is scheduled to be in court Monday. A lawyer was not listed for him in court documents. A possible phone number for him rang unanswered Saturday. The caller said “we lost our rudder,” “we are taking on water fast,” and “our pumps can’t keep up with this,” according to a federal court police affidavit. The caller said he was on a 42-foot boat in Spruce Head Harbor. The search included the use of Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol vessels, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. No vessel was found. The call was eventually traced to Libby, an employee of the Spruce Head Fishermen’s Co-Op, and a criminal complaint was filed against...
    The U.S. Coast Guard is suspending a dayslong search for a boat carrying about 20 people that went missing en route from the Bahamas to Florida. The blue and white 29-foot Mako Cuddy Cabin vessel departed from Bimini on Monday and was set to arrive at Lake Worth, although it never showed up, according to the Coast Guard. It was reported missing on Tuesday, and a large-scale search began. The search was suspended at about noon on Friday. Authorities spent 84 hours searching about 17,000 square miles of sea, a size about double that of Massachusetts. Few details are known about who was on the vessel or why it was traveling from the Bahamas to Florida. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people,” said Capt. Stephen Burdian, the chief of response for the Seventh District. “I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible.” Petty Officer Third Class Jose Hernandez said Saturday that a family member of someone aboard the vessel first alerted...
    (CNN)The search off the Florida coast for a missing boat with about 20 people on board has been suspended, the US Coast Guard said Friday.The Coast Guard received a report Tuesday that the blue and white 29-foot Mako Cuddy Cabin boat, last known to be departing Bimini in the Bahamas on Monday, did not arrive as expected in Lake Worth, Florida, according to a Coast Guard news release. Ships and aircraft from the US Air Force, Coast Guard, the Bahamian military and a volunteer group in the Bahamas searched approximately 17,000 square miles for about 84 hours, the release said."Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people," said Capt. Stephen V. Burdian, the Coast Guard's Seventh District chief of response. "I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible."The Coast Guard didn't release the name of the missing vessel.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The US Coast Guard suspended the search for an overdue vessel carrying 20 people that went missing between the Bahamas and South Florida. Coast Guard received a report Tuesday that a blue and white 29-foot Mako Cuddy Cabin vessel, last known to be departing Bimini on Monday did not arrive as expected. The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched approximately 17,000 square miles, roughly double the size of Massachusetts, for about 84 hours. More from CBSMiami.com Dolphins QB Tagovailoa Will Start At Bills – Will He Finish?’ You May Need A COVID Vaccine Passport To Travel In 2021 State Health Dept. In Broward Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations For Those 65 And Older This Weekend “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people,” said Capt. Stephen V. Burdian, Seventh District Chief of Response. “I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible.” If you have any information on the whereabouts of the people, contact the District Seven Command Center at 305-415-6800.
    The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Friday for a boat with about 20 people on board that was three days overdue to arrive in Florida after leaving the Bahamas earlier this week. The Coast Guard and others searched more than 17,000 square miles (44,000 square kilometers) for about 84 hours before suspending the search around noon on Friday, Coast Guard officials said in a news release. Officials have not released information about who was on the boat. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people,” said Capt. Stephen V. Burdian, Seventh District Chief of Response. “I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible.” The boat left Bimini, Bahamas, on Monday and was supposed to arrive in Lake Worth, Florida, on Tuesday. It was reported overdue that day and Coast Guard and Bahamian authorities began searching for it. The boat is a 29-foot (9-meter) Mako Cuddy Cabin vessel. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated...
    The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Friday for a boat with about 20 people on board that was three days overdue to arrive in Florida after leaving the Bahamas earlier this week. The Coast Guard and others searched more than 17,000 square miles (44,000 square kilometers) for about 84 hours before suspending the search around noon on Friday, Coast Guard officials said in a news release. Officials have not released information about who was on the boat. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people,” said Capt. Stephen V. Burdian, Seventh District Chief of Response. “I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible.” The boat left Bimini, Bahamas, on Monday and was supposed to arrive in Lake Worth, Florida, on Tuesday. It was reported overdue that day and Coast Guard and Bahamian authorities began searching for it. The boat is a 29-foot (9-meter) Mako Cuddy Cabin vessel. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    More than a year after the worst maritime disaster in modern California history, federal regulators this week offered grim new findings about the last moments of those who died aboard the Conception dive boat when it caught fire off the Santa Barbara coast. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Tuesday that the 33 passengers and one crew member who perished below deck likely could have escaped if there had been earlier detection of the blaze on Labor Day 2019. The board found that the fire was burning for at least 30 minutes before a crew member sleeping in the wheelhouse atop the three-deck boat was awakened by the pop, crackle and glow of the flames from the middle deck. The NTSB determined that most of those below deck were awake — some with their shoes on — as the fire engulfed the vessel about 3 a.m., but they could not escape the bunk room and died of smoke inhalation. California A year after Conception boat fire, families mourn: ‘This should have never happened’ ...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Images just released by the US Coast Guard show the crew of the Cutter Escanaba offloading 3,250 pounds of cocaine, 440 pounds of liquid cocaine, and 7,700 pounds of marijuana at Port Everglades. The offloading of the drugs, with a street value of $85.9 million, took place on Friday, Oct. 16. The Escanaba is homeported in Boston, Massachusetts. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Days earlier, the US Coast Guard announced the interdiction of 4,000 pounds of cocaine throughout the Caribbean, worth nearly $73 million. Offloaded drugs at Port Everglades (USCG) MORE ON CBSMIAMI.COM Chief Colina: Actions Of Uniformed Miami Officer With Pro-Trump Mask At Voting Site ‘Unacceptable’ Miami Beach Postal Employee Admits To ‘Stealing Mail Sporadically’ For The Past 2 Years Veteran Teacher Speaks Out As COVID-19 Cases Jump To 90 At Miami-Dade County Public Schools Authorities said that on April 1 of this year, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives....
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are praising an 11-year-old boy for staying calm, assisting them and following directions for more than an hour as his grandparents drifted away from their boat during a Florida Keys excursion. The Miami Herald reported the three were rescued by police, the U.S. Coast Guard and some commercial fishermen on Thursday. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says the boy, Avani Perez, called 911 on a cellphone to report that his grandparents were in the water and drifting away. The sheriff's office said the family had been boating in Islamorada when the anchor line of their boat became caught in the propeller. The grandfather first went in the water to free the line but began having trouble, then his wife followed and both struggled with the current. Alone on the boat, the boy called 911 and spent an hour on the phone with a communications specialist who asked him to run through all the safety equipment. Avani also described how far his grandparents were using football yards as a reference until he couldn't see them....
    A fire on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche resulted in five minor injuries, according to the Coast Guard. "The CGC Waesche (WMSL 751) had a fire onboard this past Saturday," Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey told the Washington Examiner on Monday. "Black smoke was reported at 5:18 pm (local) on Saturday, and investigations revealed fires in the port exhaust stack and nearby spaces. The fires were confirmed extinguished after 90 minutes of firefighting." The injuries were sustained during firefighting efforts and that they included the likes of smoke inhalation, heat exhaustion, and one sprained knee, Brickey added. It is unclear where exactly the Waesche is located, but Brickey said it is headed to Yokosuka, Japan, "where it will undergo further inspection and potentially repairs." U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart) Brickey said the cutter is "part of routine presence operations in support of the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific" News Coast Guard
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An air and sea search and rescue operation for survivors of a suspected migrant boat sinking was under way Monday off the southern Greek island of Crete. Greece’s coast guard said 16 people were reported to have been on the vessel that sank about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of Crete amid high winds Monday. Authorities were notified by phone by a person who said they were on the vessel. The coast guard said a Greek naval frigate and an air force helicopter were taking part in the search, together with two coast guard boats and three merchant ships in the area. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Coast Guard’s Key West sector guards intercepted a 6-foot rustic vessel with five Cubans on board traveling 30 miles south of Marathon on the Florida coast. The Coast Guard reported that the crew of the Raymond Evans, which carried out the operation, was able to safely board the five adult Cuban immigrants and transferred them to the coast guard crew of William Trump, who ultimately repatriated the five migrants to Cuba. “These illegal vessels attempting to immigrate to the United States are extremely dangerous, especially during hurricane season when weather and sea conditions can change dramatically and rapidly in minutes, putting migrants in danger of being lost at sea,” said Lt. Kelsey Freeman, commanding the Raymond Evans. “The priority of the Coast Guard and our partner agencies is the safety of life at sea and these trips in poorly equipped vessels are not safe. The Coast Guard and our partner agencies remain focused and coordinated efforts to intercept and stop these illegal migration attempts to the United States, “he noted. According to...
    (CNN)The search for the crew of a cargo ship that went missing during Typhoon Maysak was suspended Saturday due to bad weather, according to Japan's Coast Guard. The Gulf Livestock 1, with 43 crew members and almost 6,000 cows onboard, went missing near southern Japan on Wednesday. The area in the East China Sea was being battered by the powerful typhoon, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of at least 130 mph, at the time the ship went missing.Rescue operations were suspended Saturday noon local time, and a second storm -- powerful Typhoon Haishun -- is expected to slam the area on Sunday. Restarting the mission will depend on weather conditions.On Friday a man was found floating in a life raft two kilometers from Kodakara Island -- only the third person to be found. The man, a 30-year-old Filipino named Jay-Nel Rosals, was found on Friday afternoon two kilometers (1.2 miles) from Kodakara Island, the Coast Guard said. He was taken to a hospital, and is alive, walking and talking, it added. Read More A lone Filipino sailor...
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