itCG – kidnapping charges, hazardous duty, dangerous conditions, lucky to be alive

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Coast Guard Lt. j.g. TrCrew members from the CGC Crocodile transfer Luke Finch to a smallboat in the Gulf of Mexico Dec. 1, 2009. Finch was rescued 140 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., after reportedly being kidnapped by his father Saturday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Hallman) Click on the image to read more.
Crew members from the CGC Crocodile transfer Luke Finch to a smallboat in the Gulf of Mexico Dec. 1, 2009. Finch was rescued 140 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., after reportedly being kidnapped by his father Saturday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Hallman) Click on the image to read more.
  • Yesterday, Coast Guard Compass reported that Guardians rescued a 3-year-old boy reportedly kidnapped by his estranged father. Today, we can report that the Coast Guard handed the father over to the FBI last night and the man appeared in federal court on kidnapping charges this morning.
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  • Guardians at one of the Coast Guard’s most remote stations braved hurricane winds in excess of 175 miles-per-hour and more than a foot and a half of snow over the weekend. The 20 Guardians stationed at the LORAN station on the remote Aleutian island of Attu spent more than 100 hours digging themselves out and making repairs to the station.
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  • The Coast Guard is advising boaters to stay off the water along Florida’s “Space Coast” over the next few days. The National Weather Service is calling for a series of late-autumn storms that could include high winds, heavy seas and tornadoes. Even the most experienced boaters put themselves and potential search and rescue crews at risk by ignoring small craft advisories.
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  • Two men owe their lives to the eyes aboard a Coast Guard plane after their boat capsized on an inter island sail in the Hawaiian Islands last week. Only one of the two sailors had offshore experience, they lost their handheld radio and their boat was not equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) to aid search and rescue teams looking for the men. The two men drifted on their disabled sailboat for nearly two days when they were finally spotted and rescued by the Coast Guard.
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