itCG-close calls, CGC Sailfish saves fishing boat, Guardians awarded

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  • A close call is what come to mind after Guardians respond to a report of a possible boat fire. The crew arrived at the dock to investigate and found the burning smell coming from a plastic trashcan in the engine room of a 44-foot boat. The trash was removed and no damage was reported.
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  • Here is another close call. A 749-foot freighter carrying 105,000 barrels of fuel ran aground Sunday night in the Delaware River near the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It floated free early Monday morning after shifting the boat’s contents and getting help from tugboats. No pollution or damage was reported but the boat will be inspected and the Coast Guard is investigating the incident.
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  • Coast Guard is monitoring and working to clean up oil and debris resulting from a sunken tugboat near Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The USS Wenonah tug was decommissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1974 and was brought to San Francisco by the Historic Tugboat Education and Restoration Society.
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  • Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish provided damage control assistance to a 68-foot fishing vessel when it started taking on water about 90 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. Guardians used a pump to dewater the boat and patched a 3-inch hole in its hull. After getting control of the flooding, CGC Sailfish stayed with the fishing vessel until Tow Boat U.S. arrived and took the boat into tow.
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  • Coast Guard Sector Seattle, the Washington State Patrol Aviation Section, and the U.S. Navy Region Northwest were selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as joint recipients of the Civilian Law Enforcement-Military Cooperation Award. The award recognizes innovative joint civilian and military law enforcement efforts that lead to improvement in public safety. Recipients will be recognized at the IACP 116th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, on October 6, 2009.
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