itCG-Hudson River search continues, Hurricane Felicia inbound, unmanned sailboat, 5 rescued, Alcatraz turns 75

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  • Coast Guard suspended its search late last night for additional passengers from the mid-air collision yesterday over the Hudson River near West 14th Street in Manhattan. Four of the nine people have been recovered after the tourist helicopter and private airplane collided.
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  • Hurricane Felicia is due to make landfall on the Hawaiian Islands Monday afternoon. Currently, the storm is a category 1 hurricane but it is due to dissipate into a tropical storm or possibly a tropical depression. The Big Island of Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and Molokai are under a tropical storm watch and will likely experience gusty winds, heavy rain and 15-foot surf. Go to Ready.gov for hurricane preparation tips.
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  • When a sailboat was found adrift off Catalina Island unmanned, authorities launched a search for the owner. After an eight-hour search, the man was found safely on his small dinghy in the harbor. He had apparently anchored the sailboat before heading to shore, but the boat continued to drift out to sea.
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  • Coast Guard responded to a report of a 59-foot fishing vessel taking on water about 26 miles southwest of Juneau yesterday. Good Samaritans rescued the five crewmembers. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
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  • Today is the 75th Anniversary of the opening of Alcatraz penitentiary. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Post Office, former convicts, guards, and guard families will be there to commemorate the event and talk about the history of the island. Don’t rush out for tickets though, the event sold out weeks ago.
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