itCG – CGC Escanaba navigates through storm, cargo ship underway, search for missing teen, polar bear research

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CAPE COD BAY, Mass. - The Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba transits through 12-foot seas and 44-mph winds in Cape Cod Bay Dec. 20, 2009, during the coastal winter snowstorm. The 270-foot cutter stayed in the Cape Cod Bay area for the duration of the storm, standing by to assist boaters. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba)
CAPE COD BAY, Mass. – The Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba transits through 12-foot seas and 44-mph winds in Cape Cod Bay Dec. 20, 2009, during the coastal winter snowstorm. The 270-foot cutter stayed in the Cape Cod Bay area for the duration of the storm, standing by to assist boaters. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba)
  • Thankfully, the engineers onboard the disabled India-flagged cargo freighter mentioned in yesterday’s itCG post were able to get the ship’s engine running. All 28 crewmembers are safe onboard the vessel, which is now making way to its intended destination in Portland, Oregon.
    Story here
  • The Coast Guard is assisting the California Highway Patrol in its search for the passenger of a vehicle that crashed onto the rocks along the water line off 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, Cali in the pre-dawn hours this morning. The passenger reportedly walked away from the scene of the accident but has not been located.
    Story here
  • Did you know the Coast Guard often hosts scientists onboard its cutters particularly in the Arctic Region? For five weeks this past fall, scientists boarded the CGC Polar Sea to study polar bears and how they are coping with the sea-ice loss due to climate change. Ice divers even went up to 40 feet below the surface to gather samples on the effects on the food chain.
    Story and pictures here

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