Despite the blazing fire and the fact they had to abandon ship into a liferaft, two crewmembers onboard a 60-foot boat called the Coast Guard for help and relayed their position greatly aiding in their quick and safe rescue. Calm seas, daylight and the Coast Guard Cutter Active only eight miles from the burning vessel also contributed to the successful rescue. The case took place about 10 miles off the coast of Long Beach, Washington, yesterday. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria and Station Cape Disappointment also responded and assisted in the rescue. Video and pictures of the incident are available at the link below and at CGVI by searching “Portlock.” Story here
Coast Guard worked with NOAA on a case involving a Taiwanese-flagged vessel suspected of fishery violations. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point documented the vessel’s location approximately 34 nautical miles within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the CGC Washington intercepted, seized and escorted the vessel to Saipan. NOAA is investigating the alleged violations. Story here
The Coast Guard’s first National Security Cutter, CGC Bertholf, and her crew returned to homeport in Alameda, California, this morning after a three-month patrol conducting counter drug operations, fisheries boardings, and other missions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. On Sunday, CGC Tampa also returned to homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia, after a two-month deployment.
Stories here and here