CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2005 |
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex sits close to earthquake faults and oil refineries and has been identified as a potential terrorist target. So it is no surprise that the complex would be of special concern to emergency planners. But like many institutions in Southern California, the ports and nearby residential areas are overseen by a bevy of agencies.
September 10, 2005 |
The Coast Guard vice admiral selected Friday to lead the government's response to the havoc created by Hurricane Katrina is known as a decisive manager who makes the most of limited resources. Serving in New England in the early 1990s, then-Capt. Thad W. Allen was nicknamed "the Schwarzkopf of Connecticut" by members of his staff who saw similarities between the way he handled an oil spill in sensitive Long Island Sound and Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led U.S.
June 14, 2005 |
Two Cuban brothers were sentenced in Key West to six years in prison for assaulting a U.S. Coast Guard crew that tried to prevent them from illegally reaching the Florida Keys by boat. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced Jorge Cartaya-Acosta, 35, and Jose Cartaya-Acosta, 39, at a hearing in which their lawyers argued they were mentally impaired. Under U.S. policy, Cuban migrants who reach land are usually allowed to stay and those intercepted at sea are repatriated to Cuba.
December 9, 2004 |
A Coast Guard helicopter crashed into the Bering Sea with 10 people aboard while conducting a rescue after a disabled freighter grounded on an island in southwestern Alaska. The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley picked up four of the 10 people. Six were unaccounted for, the Coast Guard said. The Selendang Ayu, a 738-foot freighter loaded with soybeans and 440,000 gallons of fuel, broke in two when it ran aground on Unalaska Island in the Aleutian chain, the Coast Guard said.
November 2, 2004 |
The number of engine malfunctions on the Coast Guard's workhorse helicopter has increased dramatically as efforts to install safer motors have fallen behind schedule, according to a report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general, Clark Kent Ervin. The Dolphin helicopters, or HH-65s, are used for search and rescue, port security, enforcement of treaties, drug interdiction and marine safety.
June 30, 2004 |
While the vast majority of U.S. port facilities are set to meet a Thursday deadline for new security standards, experts said Tuesday that inadequate government funding had slowed efforts to secure some of the nation's harbors. The increased security measures -- which apply to U.S. ports and to U.S.-bound vessels from overseas -- were approved after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2004 |
SAN DIEGO The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that it had seized more than 14 1/2 tons of cocaine from fishing boats off the coasts of Mexico and Ecuador, the most found by one of its cutters during a single patrol. Twenty-four people were arrested in three separate seizures during the Midgett's two-month patrol.
November 17, 2003 |
A retired Coast Guard pilot whose single-engine plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean nearly 100 miles off Maui was rescued after more than three hours in the water, officials said. William Swears, 43, was found 94 miles north of the island and flown to Maui Medical Center, where he was in stable condition, Coast Guard officials said. Swears had reported engine trouble. After receiving a radioed distress signal, a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft spotted the wreckage of the Canard Pusher in the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2003 |
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy and the Harbor Police will work together to tighten security and improve monitoring of maritime activity on San Diego Bay. The $3-million Joint Harbor Operations Center is slated to begin round-the-clock monitoring in January out of Coast Guard headquarters, where a response to everything from illegal fishing to terrorist threats would be coordinated.
October 7, 2003 |
The only U.S. Coast Guardsman who was declared missing in the Vietnam War was remembered Monday as a hero, about 35 years after he and three others were killed while trying to rescue another serviceman. That was the last of many rescue attempts made by Lt. Jack C. Rittichier of Barberton, Ohio, who was known to his friends and family as a man who could do everything. "I know just what he would have said if he were here today: 'I'm no hero.