itCG – MSST team in the Gulf of Aden, disabled cargo ship, boat collision, red flare search, joint interagency training

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U.S. Coast Guard Marine Science Technician 3rd Class Sean Eversole, a member of the Maritime Safety and Security Team out of Miami Fla., practices boarding procedures with the USS Chosin (CG 65) visit, board, search and seizure team Dec. 16, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. Chosin is the flagship of Combined Joint Task Force 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counterpiracy operations off the coast of Somalia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Edgington/Released)
GULF OF ADEN – Coast Guard MST3 Sean Eversole, a member of the Maritime Safety and Security Team out of Miami Fla., practices boarding procedures with the USS Chosin (CG 65) visit, board, search and seizure team Dec. 16, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. Chosin is the flagship of Combined Joint Task Force 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counterpiracy operations off the coast of Somalia. (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Edgington)
  • Coast Guard watchstanders have been working to render assistance to a 740-foot Indian cargo ship that was adrift in 30 foot seas and 50 mph winds about 540 miles southwest of Alaska’s Adak Island. A Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Kodiak dropped a buoy in the vicinity of the ship to monitor the sea conditions while a good Samaritan vessel, Maersk Altair, diverted to assist the 28 people onboard. A Coast Guard cutter from Dutch Harbor is also enroute to monitor the situation and the shipping company is sending a commercial tug to tow the disabled ship.
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  • A 33-foot Coast Guard vessel and a recreational boat collided Sunday at around 6 p.m. during the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. One person was killed and five others were injured during the tragic incident. An estimated 80,000 people were expected to attend yesterday’s final night of the parade Sunday, which also featured a fireworks show. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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  • Coast Guard watchstanders in Maine continued search efforts this morning for the source of a red flare witnessed by three different people. Station South Portland and an aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod searched Casco Bay last night and planned a first light search early this morning.
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  • Coast Guard H-65 Dolphin helicopters along with Hawaii Air National Guard F-15 Eagles and Civil Air Patrol Cessnas are conducting joint training exercises off of Kane’ohe Bay on the island of Oahu over the next two days. The aircraft are working together to improve interagency coordination.
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