September 23, 1994 |
The Coast Guard has officially ended the operation that started in August and rescued tens of thousands of Cuban refugees seeking to reach Florida by sea, spokesman Dan Waldschmidt said. "An operation specifically to handle a massive influx of Cuban migrants has ended," Waldschmidt said of the Able Vigil operation.
March 9, 2001 |
Families who alleged that the Coast Guard botched a rescue, which led to the deaths of four people in a sailboat accident, on Thursday were awarded $18.9 million from the federal government. Michael Cornett, 49, of Hiltons, Va., and his sons, Paul, 16, and Daniel, 13, died when their sailboat Morning Dew ran into a Charleston Harbor jetty on a December night in 1997. Bobby Lee Hurd Jr., the boys' 14-year-old cousin from Mountain City, Tenn., also died. "This tragedy was avoidable," U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1988 |
Mark Laws has no problem with Coast Guard officials launching a stern new effort to combat drug smuggling on the high seas. But "they've gone overboard," the Marina del Rey boat captain declared, with their "zero tolerance" crackdown, which has resulted in the confiscation of more than two dozen craft ranging from sailboats to shrimp boats to tugboats, from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, since mid-April.
March 1, 1996 |
Determined to head off another deadly confrontation between Cuban warplanes and unarmed civilians, President Clinton on Thursday ordered the Coast Guard to escort an armada of Cuban exile aircraft and boats to a memorial demonstration this weekend for the pilots shot down off the island's coast last Saturday. Clinton directed the Coast Guard, with U.S.
June 30, 1999 |
The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday tried to stop six Cuban refugees from reaching American soil by using a water cannon to sink their small wooden rowboat during a desperate drama that has outraged this community of immigrants and exiles. After forcing the six men into the Atlantic Ocean a few dozen yards off Surfside beach, several Coast Guard vessels circled around them, blocking their efforts to swim ashore.
May 15, 1989 |
In October, 1987, the American supertanker Stuyvesant was battling heavy seas and gale-force winds in the Gulf of Alaska, its tanks filled with North Slope crude oil loaded in Valdez, when the pounding waves fractured its hull. More than 600,000 gallons of oil oozed from the wound. It was the second time in 10 months that the 1,100-foot Stuyvesant had been cracked open by the sea. In the previous January, the tanker had sailed through several days of bad weather before anyone noticed the leak.