itCG-search continues for F-16 pilot, fuel tanks jettisoned, three rescued, migrant smuggler convicted

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  • The Coast Guard is continuing to search the waters off the coast of North Carolina for the missing U.S. Air Force Captain Nicholas Giglio whose F-16 aircraft crashed Thursday evening. Making the search more difficult is the fact that none of the three locator beacons attached to the seat, the plane or the pilot were activated. The beacons would provide searchers a signal to hone in on.
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  • Coast Guard crews located one of the two fuel tanks dropped into Lake Champlain from a Vermont Air National Guard F-16 yesterday morning. The pilot experienced thrust and power irregularities during a training mission and, as a safety measure, burned off all but about 70 gallons of jet fuel and then jettisoned the two tanks in a pre-designated area. The pilot was able to land safely.
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  • A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted three people off a boat in Lake Erie in the pre-dawn hours yesterday. The boat reportedly ran aground and began taking on water just about a mile from shore.
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  • A man was convicted Thursday for his involvement in the attempted smuggling of 26 Cuban migrants into the U.S. that resulted in the death of a six-year-old boy. The man was not onboard the boat when it was interdicted by the Coast Guard south of Key West four years ago, but during an investigation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement the man was arrested and subsequently convicted.
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