itCG – international drug bust, bird rescue, boaters rescued, oil spill mystery continues

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Guardians detain personnel aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) captured in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Central America. After finding the vessel was loaded with narcotics, Guardians seized the SPSS, and detained the four crewmembers. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo) Click on the image to view more photos from the drug bust.
Guardians detain personnel aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) captured in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Central America. After finding the vessel was loaded with narcotics, Guardians seized the SPSS and detained the four crew members. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo) Click on the image to view more photos from the drug bust.
  • Guardians from CGC Jarvis seized a self-propelled semi-submersible loaded with 4,500 kilograms of illegal narcotics and its crew of four while patrolling off the coast of Central America. The Jarvis is part of a multi-agency drug interdiction task force patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean to prevent the flow of illegal drugs from Central and South America.
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  • Coast Guard pilots lent a wing to distressed aviators of the feathered kind yesterday. Guardians assisted in the rescue of nearly 300 migratory birds that fell victim to a rare algae bloom known as a “red tide” off the coast of Oregon. A Coast Guard C-130 transport plane delivered the sick birds to California’s International Bird Rescue Research Center where they will be nursed back to health. Click here to view photos of the birds being delivered to the IBRRC.
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  • Guardians rescued two men off the coast of Galveston after their boat was swamped during a violent thunderstorm. Coast Guard Air Station Houston dispatched a helicopter to pull the men from the swamped boat. Guardians credit the presence of a cell phone on-board with helping locate the boat just offshore, but warn that cell phones are often inadequate for maritime communications due to unreliable coverage. Boaters are encouraged to use a marine-band radio tuned to channel 16 to make a distress call.
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  • Guardians are continuing to investigate the cause of a mysterious oil spill off the coast of Charleston, SC. The spill has caused South Carolina authorities to close beaches, marshes and inlets as the Coast Guard continues to identify and clean-up affected waters. Click here to learn more about how the Coast Guard investigates oil spills.
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