Tag: Ninth Coast Guard District

Appeals court upholds fine of nearly $500,000 for false distress call

Multiple surface and aviation assets from the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard and local agencies search the water in Lake Erie for four people who were reported overdue, April 17, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Philip Null.

Last week the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a restitution payment of nearly $500,000 as part of the sentence handed down in United States of America v. Danik Shiv Kumar for making a false distress call that caused a massive search on Lake Erie in March 2012.

Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG201240

Special purpose craft airboat

The airboat crew of CG201240 brought 22 stranded and disoriented fishermen safely home after a sudden snowstorm created hazardous conditions on Lake Erie. Photo courtesy of Senior Chief Petty Officer Gregory Zerfass. Ice. Freezing temperatures. Blinding conditions. These are hostile environments to perform the Coast Guard’s missions, but for the men and women of the

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Ice rescue training on the Great Lakes

Night Time Ice Rescue Training

Coast Guard men and women standing the watch on the Great Lakes perform their missions in one of the nation’s most environmentally challenging areas, and one element above all others presents the biggest challenge – ice. This winter season has already seen some incredible rescues, including two people stranded atop an adrift ice floe, two

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75-year-old man awarded Silver Lifesaving Medal

Fillingham wearing his Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen.

Edward Fillingham looks on as Rear Adm. Mike Parks reads the citation accompanying the Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen. Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen, Ninth Coast Guard District Public Affairs Edward Fillingham, a 75-year-old man suffering from Parkinson’s disease, didn’t have

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Cutter Mackinaw continues “Christmas Ship” tradition

Post written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw arrives at Navy Pier carrying more than 1,200 Christmas trees destined for deserving Chicago families. The trees were offloaded by volunteers from groups including the Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts and Young Marines before being distributed to familes selected by the Ada S.

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