itCG-Free whale-y, collision investigation, CBP drone, cruise ship medevac

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration members remove line caught on a yearling whale in waters west of Molokai, Hawaii, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson. Click on image to watch video of the disentangling operation.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration members remove line caught on a yearling whale in waters west of Molokai, Hawaii, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson. Click on image to watch video of the disentangling operation.
  • Guardians, along with NOAA and Hawaii state DLNR officials, Sunday freed a young humpback whale that was entangled in hundreds of feet of plastic rope. The operation was made more difficult by the very large mother and a male companion swimming nearby and monitoring the situation. About 350 feet of rope was removed, seven feet of which was wrapped between and around the whale’s mouth.
    Story and video here
  • Following up on a story reported in the Compass on Sunday, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a collision that occurred last Saturday evening between a 25-foot Coast Guard small boat and commercial tour boat. The collision resulted in 3 injuries and moderate damage to the commercial tour vessel. Guardians evacuated the 24 passengers on board the damaged vessel.
    Story here
  • Guardians are looking forward to adding new operational capabilities with the unveiling of the maritime variant of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency’s Predator unmanned aircraft yesterday. Compass covered the story of the Coast Guard’s first operational UAS pilot who will be working with CBP in carrying out the Coast Guard’s law enforcement mission along the nation’s borders.
    Story here
  • Guardians responded to a call on Sunday from a cruise ship with a passenger suffering from symptoms of a ruptured peptic ulcer. Rescue crews from the CGC Venturous and an Air Station Clearwater helicopter crew medevaced a 48-year-old woman and safely transported her to the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for treatment.
    Story here

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