itCG-CGC Rush in China, search for air crews ends, pollution response, 13 barges break free, four rescued

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SHANGHAI, China - The 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Rush, homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, arrives in Shanghai, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The crew of the Rush is in China to engage in maritime partnerships and cultural exchanges. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson.
SHANGHAI, China – The 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Rush, homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, arrives in Shanghai, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The crew of the Rush is in China to engage in maritime partnerships and cultural exchanges. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson.
  • The Coast Guard has ended the search for the nine crewmembers missing after the mid-air collision between a Coast Guard C-130 airplane and a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter off the coast of Southern California. The incident is a reminder of the dangers of night flying and the inherent risk associated with the missions of the U.S. Armed Forces. Click here to learn more about the missing crewmembers.
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  • Coast Guard is actively monitoring the cleanup of over 400 gallons of oil spilled into the San Francisco Bay on Friday from a ship’s ruptured fuel line. Crews are working to clean up the fuel and care for birds and other wildlife affected by the spill. California Department of Fish and Game suspended fishing and shellfish harvesting in the area and San Francisco officials advised people to avoid contact with water in the Bay.
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  • Another pollution spill is ongoing in Southern Louisiana. A hole in a tank ship has reportedly caused approximately 12,000 gallons of oil to leak into the Southwest Pass near Venice, Louisiana. Coast Guard and the responsible party have established a Unified Command to monitor and effect cleanup and repairs. Divers are working to patch the hole and pollution responders are working to clean up the discharged oil.
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  • The Coast Guard is investigating what caused a boat towing barges to hit a railroad bridge on Saturday and have 13 barges break loose and four sink on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Louis. The barges were all carrying coal. No pollution has been reported and no injuries have occurred.
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  • After four crewmembers were left stranded at sea when their tugboat partially sank in Mobile Bay early Saturday morning, Guardians responded and safely rescued three of the people. The fourth person safely made it to shore on the tug’s skiff. Guardians are now focusing on investigating the incident and preventing pollution.
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