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Semper Paratus: Watch The USCG Coordinate the Rescue of 36 Fishermen from a Burning Vessel. . .Over 2,000 Miles Southwest of Hawaii

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Credit: USCG. Video below.

The United States Coast Guard’s 14th District in Hawaii is responsible for a 12.2 million square mile swathe of land and sea (that’s almost twice the size of Russia). When the 70 meter (230-foot) fishing vessel Glory Pacific No. 8 activated their EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), it was the USCG’s responsibility to organize the rescue of the Papua New Guinea-flagged ship, which had caught fire 2,071 miles southwest of Hawaii.

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The USCG Cracks Down on Unlicensed Uber Boats for Hire

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Trust us, this is a good thing. Photo: USCG/Scuttlebutt.

Uber, the popular ride-sharing service which has all but wiped out the taxi and limousine industries in big cities, has been on the water and exploded in recent months–in cities like San Francisco and Istanbul, commuting by boat is often the best way to beat traffic.

But there are compliance issues, the Coast Guard reports. As might be suspected, many of these boat owners offering their services are not licensed, even in the slightest, to operate vessels with paying passengers, which is punishable by civil fines of up to $35,000 USD.

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Watch The USCG Perform a Daring Rescue Just Moments Before an Alaskan Fishing Vessel Sinks Beneath the Waves

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Screenshot from gCaptain‘s video.

A life spent working at sea has never been easy, but what would it be like without the coast guards of the world?

On Wednesday, June 10th, the USCG received a distress call from the fishing vessel Kupreanof from the Gulf of Alaska; she was listing heavily and about to sink.

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Skepticism Arises While Details Emerge of Carolina Sailor’s 66 Days Lost at Sea, But Why?

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“It’s rare that a man is lost at sea and returns home looking even healthier than before he disappeared.” — The Washington Post. True, but sailor Louis Jordan was bordering on obesity when he headed off to sea. Photo: The Virginina-Pilot, Steve Early via The Post and the Courier

When a man is found adrift in a swamped sailboat 200 miles out to sea, it is expected by many that he would appear a sunburnt and blistered husk of a human, weak and uneasy on his feet. We think of skin so fried and riddled with sores that it’s dripping off the bone, of men so gaunt that their ribcages look as if they’re about to protrude through their decaying flesh. We think of wiry, foot-long Robinson Crusoe beards encrusted with salt and unintelligible utterances spilling from lips so chapped they’re painful to even watch. But just as there is no one formula for surviving a plane crash or a car accident, there is no prescribed story or set of circumstances for a sailor lost or in distress at sea.

The sensational story of 37 year old South Carolina sailor Louis Jordan who was rescued last week has risen more than a few eyebrows among newsrooms and living rooms alike, and for many, because Mr. Jordan appears to be in such good health, something doesn’t add up. Details remain limited and hazy, but one question skeptics seem not raise is, “How the hell else would one end up 200 miles out to sea on a disabled boat which they’ve devoted their life to restoring?”

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In Honor of the Coast Guard’s 100th Anniversary – The Little Known Story of North Carolina’s African American Rescue Crew

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The Pea Island Surfmen were an outpost of all-African-American lifesavers on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, pioneers of what was to become the United States Coast Guard, which was commissioned 100 years ago today.

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After the Civil War, maritime traffic increased along the eastern seaboard of the United States as industrialization proliferated, and as a result, so did the number of casualties at sea. In an effort to curb the loss of life, the United States Lifesaving Service was formed in 1871. Outposts sprang up all along the eastern seaboard, one such on Pea Island (est. c. late 1870s) on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a body of water so notorious for its tortured waters that it was — and still is — dubbed “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

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Watch the Harrowing Rescue of 5 Fishermen from a Sinking Vessel in Force 6 Winds off Scotland

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Screenshot from officialCoastguard‘s youtube video

Last week, the 75-foot Irish fishing vessel Iuda Naofa was fishing for mackerel 48 miles off the coast of Scotland when she began taking on water and put in a call to the Coastguard for assistance, who delivered a salvage pump. But it was too late, the vessel was swamped, and began to sink.

Coastguard Duty Watch Manager Paul Tunstall wrote: “The weather conditions on scene were very rough seas with southerly force 6 winds, evacuating the five crew swiftly and safely before the vessel went down was a great achievement.”

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Watch a Drug-Running Sub Filled With 7.5 Tons of Cocaine Sink

This is a video of a submarine, built by Honduras drug runners, being scuttled upon discovery by the Coast Guard. The subs built for smuggling are usually less than 100 feet long and carry up to 10 tons of contraband. They’re also designed to be sunk nearly instantly if they’re ever discovered by authorities. The ships don’t dive, but they do stay low against the surface as to escape detection by ship radar. That doesn’t stop coast guard planes from seeing them, however, as it happened in this case. The coast guard sent a dive team to salvage the contraband.

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Salty Stories: Cory Ciekot, Rescue Swimmer for the US Coast Guard

Of the 40,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard, only 330 of them are Rescue Swimmers. Ever seen “The Guardian?” Yeah, those are the guys.

I lifeguarded on the eastern shore with Cory a few summers ago. While I went on to teach and lifeguard, Cory Ciekot has since become one of those elite swimmers. We conducted an email interview while he was on a surf trip in Nicaragua.

What do you do for your profession, and what are your hobbies that are ocean-related?

My job is to operate as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer (R/S) for the U.S. Coast Guard. Basically, my primary duty as a R/S is to stand 24 hour shifts once every four days to help boats in distress. For example, a boat might be taking on water, or a person aboard could be having a medical condition. In short, any time there’s a water emergency, my “crew”–the pilot, co-pilot, mechanic, and rescue swimmer, have to be ready to respond accordingly. Living within a 5 minute bike ride to the beach my entire life had prepared me to take on the toughest challenge I’ve ever encountered…passing Helicopter Rescue Swimmer school. When I am not at work, I have many hobbies that all revolve around the ocean, like surfing, open ocean swimming, beach lifeguarding, and diving. Just like any other surf lover, when I’m not at work, and the waves are on, you know where to find me.

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