Over the past year a team of students from the University of Alabama have traveled across the nation compiling video and conducting interviews for an upcoming documentary on the U.S. Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
CGC Zephyr returned to homeport in Pascagoula, Mississippi, yesterday after a 46-day patrol. While underway, the cutter patrolled approximately 6,300 square miles and boarded 56 commercial fishing vessels. Fisheries boardings check for compliance with federal laws and regulations as well as fishing and safety equipment. The cutter also assisted with the apprehension of eight illegal
Coast Guard just published the 2008 boating statistics report yesterday. Unfortunately, the report shows a rise in boating fatalities from 2007. About two-thirds of the victims drowned and 90 percent of those victims were not wearing a life jacket. Alcohol is a leading contributing factor in 17 percent of the deaths. Other top factors contributing