- The Coast Guard rescued six Oregon National Guardsmen Friday morning when their boat capsized during a training mission near the mouth of the Columbia River. The Rescue 21 communication system proved to be invaluable in this case since the initial distress call did not include a location or the nature of distress.
- Coast Guard Capt. David A. Cinalli is scheduled to become the first Coast Guard captain permanently assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in June. The captain will serve at the Office of the Transportation Attaché (OTA) at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad for one year. You really can find the Coast Guard in the most unexpected places.
- Responding to oil spills keeps the Eighth District pretty busy (along with all the other missions they do in a district that covers all or part of 26 states and a whole lot of coast line). Yesterday the Coast Guard responded to a report from American Commercial Lines that a damaged towing vessel at the Jeffboat shipbuilding facility in Jeffersonville, Ind., was leaking diesel fuel.
Sector Ohio Valley deployed a pollution incident response team to the site while crewmembers onboard the vessel and Jeffboat placed containment boom around the vessel.
Didn’t know there even was a Sector Ohio Valley? There is a good article about this unusual sector in Coast Guard Magazine from a while back, check it out!