itCG – lobster boat in port, search suspended, holiday greetings, video of the year

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PACIFIC OCEAN - Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Carola applies chaffing gear to the tow line of a 47-foot motor lifeboat towing an 80-foot commercial fishing vessel. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Wash. and Station Grays Harbour, Wash. responded and assisted in towing the vessel safely to port. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
PACIFIC OCEAN – Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Carola applies chaffing gear to the tow line of a 47-foot motor lifeboat towing an 80-foot commercial fishing vessel. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Wash. and Station Grays Harbour, Wash. responded and assisted in towing the vessel safely to port. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
  • Coast Guard Compass has been following the story of a Gloucester lobster boat which lost propulsion 200 miles offshore on Wednesday. We can now report that the boat has safely docked in Provincetown, Mass. after tows from the CGC Escanaba and a small boat from Station Provincetown. The crew of the Escanaba was in a race against the lock to get the boat to port ahead of the brunt of the winter storm that hit the eastern United States this weekend. Click here for Coast Guard video of the Escanaba preparing to tow the boat. Click here to view USCG video of the boat arriving in Provincetown including an interview with the captain of the lobster boat.
    Story here
  • The search has been suspended for a 50-year-old St. Petersburg doctor who has been missing since officials lost contact with the single engine plane he was piloting off the Gulf Coast of Florida on Thursday. A rescue plane from Aviation Training Center Mobile flew multiple search patterns covering an area larger than the state of Rhode Island over the course of the two-day search.
    Story here
  • On Friday, Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, released his holiday message to Guardians wishing “all of the members of the Coast Guard family, active duty, reserves, civilians and auxiliarists, have a joyous, healthy, and safe holiday season.”
    Message here
  • Don’t forget to check back with Coast Guard Compass tomorrow when voting opens for the Coast Guard Video of the Year. We’ll post the first video for consideration, the daring rescue of a paraglider off the coast of Cape Lookout by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. New videos will be posted daily through the end of 2009 with voting until January 8, 2010. You can still watch the compilation of all 11 finalists on the official Coast Guard YouTube channel by clicking here. And, don’t forget to follow the latest pitches by Coast Guard district and unit personnel for their video(s) by searching #uscgtopvideos on Twitter™.
    Details here

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