itCG-warning to false distress callers, search suspended in Caribbean, Seafair Fleet Week, SAROPS goes international, CG birthday celebration

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  • Making a false distress call is illegal and may cost the caller time in jail or thousands of dollars in fines. The Coast Guard is required to respond to all distress calls and false alerts can exhaust and distract resources that may be needed during a real emergency. Fake call can be made by pranksters but they can also come from children playing on a radio. Remember to only use the radio for legitimate calls and keep radios in a secure area when not in use.
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  • Late last Sunday, a Haitian freighter severely overloaded with approximately 200 migrants hit a reef and sank off Turks and Caicos Islands. The Coast Guard suspended further search yesterday after rescuing 118 people and recovering 15.
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  • CGC Bertholf is representing the Coast Guard this weekend at Seafair Fleet Week on the Seattle waterfront. The cutter will be open for free public tours along with other U.S. and Canadian Naval ships.
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  • Coast Guard personnel just finished the installation and training of SAROPS in the first international country. Malta’s Search and Rescue Coordination Center was the first to get the U.S. Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS), a geographical computer program used during search and rescue cases.
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  • The parties are beginning. The Coast Guard’s 219th birthday is next Tuesday and many cities across the nation will celebrate the occasion. On Saturday, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will kick off a week long festival. Stay tuned to the Compass all next week for news, events, and historical stories to commemorate the birthday.
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