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June 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
March 24, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
October 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Associated Press
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.
April 24, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Coast Guard has suspended a search for two La Conchita fishermen who disappeared at sea last weekend. Randy Stone, 53, and his son, Ben Stone, 25, have been missing since Saturday, when they failed to return from one of their frequent fishing trips, family members said. Since Sunday, when the family notified the Coast Guard, officials have searched the areas between Ventura and the Channel Islands and the coasts of Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands.
April 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Allied forces are closer to removing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his regime, President Bush told Coast Guard members in Philadelphia. "Many dangers lie ahead, but day by day, we are moving closer to Baghdad," he said. "Day by day, we are moving closer to victory." "Your job in protecting our nations' ports is essential to our nation's security." Bush also warned that Hussein's "dying regime in Iraq may try to bring terror to our shores," but he said the U.S.
March 19, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Coast Guard cutter performing homeland security duties ran aground Tuesday just inside the harbor breakwater, authorities said. The Morgenthau became stuck in sand about 2 p.m., said Coast Guard Lt. Jerome Dubay. After several tugboats tried to drag the ship off the sand, rising tides apparently set the vessel free about 4:30 p.m., Dubay said.
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