itCG-Rescue crew honored, good buoy, Kane’ohe tow, Ida impacts, In memoriam: Elizabeth F. “Betty” Splaine

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A Clearwater Coast Guard chopper crew was recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives. (Courtesy WFLA-TV News Channel 8, Tampa, FL)
A Clearwater Coast Guard chopper crew was recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives. (Courtesy WFLA-TV News Channel 8, Tampa, FL)
  • Guardians from the CGC Fir replaced a critical weather buoy at the mouth of the Columbia River just in time before the arrival of a severe storm. Operated by NOAA’s National Buoy Data Center, the 4,000 pound older weather buoy was replaced with a more reliable one that will withstand the harsh winter weather. The buoy provides critical weather information for ships transiting the Columbia River to Portland, OR.
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  • Responding to a distress call from a disabled fishing vessel located 8 miles off Kane’ohe, HI, Guardians from CGC Galveston Island reached the vessel at 11:27 p.m. on Wednesday. The Galveston Island crew delayed the towing operation until Thursday morning due to weather. The fishing vessel was safely towed back to port Thursday afternoon.
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  • Hurricane Ida continues to take its toll as it moves up the Atlantic coast prompting officials to declare a state of emergency due to flooding along the South Jersey coast. Guardians also asked boaters to monitor weather and heed warnings to stay in port in the Mid-Atlantic region due to forecasted winds gusting to 40 knots and up to 15-foot seas ocean side and up to 8-foot seas in the Chesapeake Bay. On a sad note, Guardians called off the search reported on yesterday for the three crewmembers missing after the fishing vessel they were on sank in rough weather off Cape May on Wednesday.
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  • In Memoriam: Elizabeth F. “Betty” Splaine, the Coast Guard’s first female warrant officer, passed away on October 29.
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