itCG – Researchers evacuated, oil spill clean-up continues, search continues for Maine fishermen, polluter fined $1.25 million

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Posted by Christopher Lagan.

A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 long-range search plane from Air Station Barbers Point lands on Tern Island in the French Frigate Shoals to evacuate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel ahead of Hurricane Neki. (Click the image to watch video of the C-130 landing.)
A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 long-range search plane from Air Station Barbers Point lands on Tern Island in the French Frigate Shoals to evacuate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel ahead of Hurricane Neki. (Click the image to watch video of the C-130 landing.)
  • Guardians evacuated 10 people living on one of the more remote islands in the Hawaiian Island chain in advance of Hurricane Neki. A C-130 out of Air Station Barbers Point traveled 475 nautical miles and made a high risk landing on a short runway of crushed coral to transport Fish and Wildlife Service personnel out of harm’s way.
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  • Guardians continue to work to mitigate the impact of an 18,000 gallon oil spill off the coast of Galveston as first reported on Coast Guard Compass yesterday. Heavy seas and high winds have hampered containment efforts but the spill has not affected shipping traffic in one of the nation’s most significant petroleum lanes. Coast Guard video of the tanker can be viewed here. Coast Guard video of the oil spill can be viewed here.
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  • Guardians recovered the body of one of three missing fisherman off the coast of Maine on Wednesday and continue to look for the remaining two mariners. Coast Guard search and rescue aircraft and boats have been joined by Canadian and state of Maine officials in the search which began Tuesday evening when the commercial sea urchin dragger was reported missing.
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  • Guardians serve as the last line of defense for aquatic species in America’s waters and aggressively pursue violators of maritime anti-pollution and safety of sea life laws. Yesterday, a Panamanian ship operator pleaded guilty to pollution charges and will pay more than $1.25 million in fines thanks to the hard work of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, EPA and the Department of Justice.
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