(UPDATED) itCG – Tactical boat training, cocaine seized, small boat medevac, boat fire rescue, fog closes channel

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PHILADELPHIA - A Coast Guard rescue boat crew and a Philadelphia Marine Police safe boat crew conduct a tactical turn during training in the Delaware River near Philadelphia Dec. 11, 2009. The two agencies work closely with each other on training, search and rescue and port security for the Port of Philadelphia. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.
PHILADELPHIA – A Coast Guard rescue boat crew and a Philadelphia Marine Police safe boat crew conduct a tactical turn during training in the Delaware River near Philadelphia Dec. 11, 2009. The two agencies work closely with each other on training, search and rescue and port security for the Port of Philadelphia. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.
  • UPDATE: Click here to read a story about the joint tactical boat training between Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and the Philadelphia Marine Police Unit mentioned in the picture of the day.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane seized 6,000 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $83 million from a foreign vessel in the Caribbean Sea on December 3rd. While on a routine patrol, a Customs and Border Protection aircraft spotted the freighter and notified the cutter to intercept the vessel.
    Story here
  • Guardians from Station Cape May, NJ, medically evacuated a man from a fishing boat located about 60 miles off the coast. The small boat responded because the 29-year-old was experiencing internal bleeding from a peptic ulcer.
    Story here
  • Two Coast Guard rescue boats and a tow boat responded to a distress call from two people whose fishing boat caught fire off the coast of Ocean City, NJ. The tow boat arrived on scene first and pulled the two people off the boat before anyone was injured. The local fire department extinguished the fire once the boat was towed closer to shore.
    Picture and story here
  • For the third day in a row, the Houston Ship Channel was closed yesterday due to dense fog. The queue of vessels waiting to enter or exit the port stretched to 102 ships long. Pilots had to stop guiding vessels when the visibility fell to unsafe levels.
    Story here

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