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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


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


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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This Week in Dramatic Maritime Rescues, The USCG Frees a Pair of Turtles from the Gallows and a Whale Is Saved at a Billabong Pro Surf Contest in South Africa

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Still frame from Go Coast Guard’s video.

The United States Coast Guard–and most any Coast Guard around the world–does a lot more than save seamen and obliterate drug-running vessels; they are saviors of all life at sea, and true stewards of our delicate blue planet.

Offshore of the United States’ southeast coast, two turtles were found helplessly tangled in what looked to be a makeshift driftnet on Monday. The United States Coast Guard hurried to the scene with, in all seriousness, probably minutes to spare.

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Still frame from Go Coast Guard’s video.

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Clear, Low Water Reveals Centuries Old Shipwrecks in Lake Michigan


The 121-foot brig James McBride ran aground during a storm in October 1857. She sailed the Atlantic in 1848 before meeting her freshwater fate, and is believed to have been the first vessel to carry cargo from the ocean to a Lake Michigan port. Photo: USCG Air Station Traverse City

During a routine patrol last Friday, he U.S. Coast Guard Air Station at Traverse City collected some stunning aerial images of these shipwrecks which, unlike those resting in briny seas, remain largely intact.


An unspecified wreck. According to the USCG, information on many of these vessels is scarce. Photo: USCG Air Station Traverse City

The Great Lakes may not have whales or sharks like the open ocean, but they do have wind and waves, as evidenced by the Department of Environmental Quality’s estimation that 6,000 vessels that have been lost on the inland seas. Some 1,500 of those ships came to the end of their service in Lake Michigan, and after a particularly cold winter and record-low water levels, clear and shallow shorelines are revealing the remarkably well-preserved vessels like never before.

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This Is How the US Coast Guard Prepares Rescue Swimmers for Hurricanes and Sinking Ships


Photo: Robb Scharetg/Popular Mechanics

Roughly 120 applicants people apply to become rescue swimmers for the US Coast Guard in Elizabeth City, North Carolina each year, but only about 25 make the cut and become certified rescue swimmers. This little $25 million pool helps decide who passes.


Photo: Robb Scharetg/Popular Mechanics

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A South Carolina Sailor Has Been Rescued After 66 Days Lost at Sea


Louis Jordan walks into Norfolk Hospital after 66 days adrift in the Gulf Stream of the Carolina Coast. Photo: WAVY/Liz Palka

Last seen on January 23rd aboard his 35-foot sailboat, the Angel, at a marina in Conway, South Carolina, 37-year-old sailor Louis Jordan was spotted aboard the disabled yacht and rescued by German-flagged cargo vessel the Houston Express 200 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at around 1:30pm on Thursday, 66 days later.


Photo: WAVY/Liz Palka

The M/V Houston Express put in a call to the US Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, which sent a medevac helicopter to retrieve the sailor and deliver him to Norfolk Hospital. He was suffering from a wounded shoulder which required immediate medical attention, but according to US Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Krystyn Pecora, had managed to survive on fish and collected rainwater.

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