itCG-groundbreaking for new headquarters, jet skier rescued, boat explosion

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  • Today, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will preside over a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of a new headquarters to consolidate the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies in a single physical location in Washington, DC. The first phase of the project will include the construction of a new Coast Guard headquarters (hooray!). The expected completion date for the entire project is 2014.
Pictures of the ceremony will be available on the Coast Guard’s Visual Information Gallery (search “DHS”).
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  • A man was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter yesterday after spending the night drifting on his disabled jet ski near the U.S. Virgin Islands. The man was travelling with two other jet ski riders who made it safety back to shore and called for help. Boaters are strongly encouraged to carry a marine radio to communicate in case of emergency. However, in a situation like this, boaters should consider transferring the passenger to another watercraft and slowly towing the disabled jet ski to shore.
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  • Coast Guard and local resources responded to a 21-foot boat explosion and fire at a marina near Coos Bay, Oregon, and rescued two people from the water. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident and the possible pollution resulting from the sunken vessel.
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  • Two people were hoisted off of their 40-foot boat by a Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City helicopter after their boat ran aground and began taking on water near Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, Monday. Both passengers were wearing life jackets and were not injured.
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