itCG-MSST Seattle returns home, US and Canada search for boater, investigation results released, migrants repatriated, divers in Saipan rescued

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  • Members of Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Seattle (91101), returned home Friday after a six month deployment conducting port security duties in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. MSSTs were created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) 2002 and are a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s layered strategy directed at protecting our seaports and waterways.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk and the Canadian Joint Rescue Coordination Center Halifax continue to work together to search for a man who is overdue from his trip from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Bermuda. The search started on Wednesday when the man did not arrive to Bermuda as planned. Several aircraft are searching, covering 323,000 nautical square miles. The sailor is experienced and it is possible that rough weather may have delayed him or swept him off course.
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  • Friday, the Coast Guard announced the results of an investigation into the November 13, 2008, late night sinking of the fishing vessel Costa & Corvo. The investigation found that several factors likely contributed to the instability and capsizing of the boat including the shifting weight of catch, excessive water on deck, and closed freeing ports. Three crewmembers onboard were rescued but, tragically, the captain of the vessel lost his life. To review the investigation report, click here.
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  • After intercepting a suspicious vessel 16 miles north of Puerto Rico and locating thirteen Dominican migrants traveling illegally from Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, the crew of the CGC Key Biscayne repatriated twelve of the migrants back to Dominican Republic Friday morning. One migrant was detained and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents for attempting to enter the U.S. illegally on at least one other occasion. CGC Key Biscayne worked with Customs and Border Protection as part of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG).
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  • Coast Guard Sector Guam’s Command Center worked with a helicopter crew from Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Five (HSC-25) to locate and rescue five missing divers off of the southern tip of Saipan on Friday afternoon. Sector Guam’s area of responsibility includes Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana’s Islands, The Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap).
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  • Coast Guard small boat stations in New Jersey were busy yesterday conducting SAR missions. In the morning, eight people were rescued from their boat that was taking on water near Asbury Park. Guardians were able to locate and secure the cause of the flooding. Last night, crews rescued two boaters after their vessel caught fire about five miles east of the Manasquan Inlet. The two people had abandoned ship and were in a life raft when Guardians arrived on scene. The boaters good use of safety equipment and a VHF radio contributed to these safe rescues.
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