itCG-CG and Navy joint exercise, storm preparations, carp barrier, rafters rescued, weekend SAR

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  • Coast Guard and Navy resources will conduct a joint exercise in Cumberland Sound, Georgia, on Tuesday and Wednesday to test the Coast Guard’s ability to deter, detect and disrupt hostile acts directed at an escorted U.S. Naval vessel. To simulate a real response, Coast Guard vessels will use aggressive maneuvering tactics and fire blank ammunition from machine guns. The Coast Guard will be broadcasting and enforcing a 500-yard security zone around the exercise vessels.
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  • Mariners who operate or moor their vessels on certain areas of the Mississippi River in Southern Louisiana need to make preparations to adhere to a newly established regulated navigation area. In an effort to prevent runaway barges and ships that threaten floodwalls and other key infrastructure, vessels may no longer hole up in specific areas during a severe storm.
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  • The Coast Guard is working with the Army Corps of Engineers who is trying to keep invasive silver carp out of the Great Lakes using an electric fence located on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Romeoville, Illinois. The carp can reproduce in huge numbers and grow to be quite large, threatening the natural food chain. For the latest information on waterway closures and status updates, click here.
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  • Strong winds kept many rafters from finishing a Float Down on the St. Clair River on the south end of Lake Huron in Michigan. Coast Guard and other local responders helped transport the rafters safely down river.
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Here is a summary of a few SAR cases from the weekend….

  • Coast Guard Station Toledo helped save four people and their boat after it started taking on water from a collision with an aid to navigation in the Maumee River Channel. The crew used dewatering pumps to control flooding and towed the boat back to shore for repairs.
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  • Three separate SAR cases kept Northern Florida Guardians busy. Tragically, a teenager is dead after jumping into the water while fishing; a man is still missing after he reportedly fell off his boat; and two men were rescued after their airboat crashed and sank.
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  • A canoeist helped rescue three people after their boat capsized in Long Island Sound. Unfortunately, rescuers recovered the body of the fourth passenger after a nearly four-hour search.
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  • After searching all day yesterday for two men, the Coast Guard found them safe on their 43-foot sailboat. The search was launched after an abandoned and partially submerged skiff belonging to the men was found near Santa Catalina Island in California.
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  • Coast Guard is looking for three people near Ketchikan who have not returned from a fishing trip. Family members called for help when the two adults and one child, who were due back at dark on Saturday, did not return.
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