Ice breaking season officially got underway on the Great Lakes this weekend. Operations Taconite and Coal Shovel are designed to keep Great Lakes waterways open for commercial vessels during the winter season. Click here to learn more about Great Lakes ice breaking. Story here
An 80-year-old sailor is safe today thanks to the presence of an EPIRB (or, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) on his boat. Guardians at the Eighth District Command Center deployed an Air Station Houston helicopter and Air Station Corpus Christi rescue plane in response to an EPIRB distress signal. The aircraft found the sailor struggling to maintain control of his vessel in the Gulf of Mexico as a thunderstorm approached his position and rescued him. Story here
Check back with Coast Guard Compass later this morning as we unveil the 11 finalists in our first Video of the Year contest. Get ready to vote on some great footage of rescues, drug busts and national security ops.