itCG-airborne storm warnings, inert ordnance found, fake distress call prosecuted, debris launched investigation

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  • It’s not just search and rescue missions that get our aircraft in the air. During severe storms, we are part of the storm warning team. Not only does the aircraft report back on the status of the storm, but it also broadcasts messages to warn mariners that the storm is approaching. Today, a C-130 fixed wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City will patrol along the Atlantic Coast and warn mariners of Hurricane Bill.
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  • Coast Guard units patrolled a safety zone around Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit members as they swept the ocean floor for explosives in the Florida Keys. Two ordnance were raised but found to be inert.
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  • A man, who pleaded guilty of crashing his plane on purpose and making a fake distress call to the Coast Guard on January 11, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison. He will also have to repay the Coast Guard and the plane’s lien holder. Because of his emergency call, the Coast Guard launched an intensive search and consequent investigation into the incident. Although his plane crashed on the Florida panhandle, he had apparently parachuted out of the plane over Alabama where he stashed a motorcycle.
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  • After receiving a call from mariners reporting debris in the water near Port Hueneme, Coast Guard launched a search and investigation that connected the debris to a dinghy that capsized earlier in the week off Silver Strand Beach. The people on the dinghy were able to right the dinghy and get back to shore safely but some of the items onboard floated free. It is strongly encouraged to report items lost at sea to the local Coast Guard unit to preserve SAR resources.
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  • A word of caution and boating safety reminder… according to boating safety specialists, 22 of the 34 boating fatalities recorded in 2009 for the six New England states and parts of New York and New Jersey involved non-motorized boats. Canoeing and kayaking are perfectly safe as long as boaters remember to use good judgment and common sense, exercise caution in areas near motorized boats, always properly wear a life jacket and carry a means of communication.
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