itCG-pollution response activities, Lake Michigan rescue, international training, DART deployed

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A BIG THANKS to everyone who wished the U.S. Coast Guard a Happy Birthday. Here’s to the start of another great year!

  • Guardians are monitoring the cleanup of a combined oil and fuel sheen in the Westport Slough near the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. The sheen is the result of a boat that sank at the dock.
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  • Coast Guard is also watching for potential pollution after an explosion and fire broke out on a natural gas platform about 90 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas late Monday. Everyone was safely evacuated from the platform and the emergency shut-off switch was engaged.
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  • Three men were rescued yesterday morning after their 20-foot boat capsized in Lake Michigan on Monday. A fourth man, who was not wearing a life jacket and lost contact with the boat, was tragically recovered on the shoreline yesterday. The survivors were able to grab life jackets and cling to the overturned boat but spent 12-hours on the water waiting for help. One man had to swim to shore to contact authorities. When underway on a small boat, it is always a good idea to carry a marine band radio in a waterproof, buoyant bag for communications and to file a float plan so others can alert authorities if you do not return as planned.
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  • In Fort Myers, Florida, the Coast Guard works with partner agencies to lead courses for the U.S. Southern Command’s “Enduring Friendship” program. The courses train Caribbean and Latin American officers on the operation of high-speed interceptor boats and how to detect and chase suspected smugglers. The goal is to work together to tackle threats, from terrorism to narcotics, and figure out how to best utilize scarce resources.
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  • Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley deployed a seven person Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) from Cincinnati yesterday to assist flood victims within the greater Louisville impacted areas. Click here to watch a video of a large DART preparing to respond after Hurricane Gustov in 2008.
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