As hundreds of Cuban migrants washed ashore on New Year’s Day in the Florida Keys, local officials complained to the state that their law enforcement resources were being stretched and overwhelmed. At the time, no one other than U.S. authorities knew that, out to sea, the crisis was building. The U.S. Coast Guard, which monitors the vast waters between Florida’s shorelines, the Bahamas, Cuba and Haiti, had onboard
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MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard stopped a migrant boat carrying nearly 400 people from Haiti near an isolated island in the Bahamas, according to Bahamian officials. The Coast Guard on Sunday intercepted the 396 people near Cay Sal Bank, a remote island about 30 miles off the northern coast of Cuba, according to a statement released by the Bahamian
The U.S. Coast Guard is playing Cold War-style cat and mouse games with a Russian spy ship off the coast of Hawaii. Coast Guard officials said Wednesday they have been monitoring a Russian vessel “believed to be an intelligence gathering ship” for several weeks. According to a video released by the service, the ship was about 100 miles off Hawaii
When Rear Admiral William G. Kelly learned of a dark episode from his cherished institution’s past, the superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was deeply astonished and profoundly bothered. That it happened in 1934 didn’t dissuade Kelly from seeing if some healing could be done, and a positive result could finally be culled from such a miserable moment. But he wasn’t sure the
The Coast Guard is set to allow its top enlisted personnel to stay in the service for up to 34 years, part of a plan to retain talent and institutional knowledge. Speaking Wednesday at the Surface Navy Association’s national symposium in Arlington, Virginia, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Heath Jones said the service will allow its master
Chief Yeoman Mary Raissa Stewart, a trailblazing World War II SPAR beloved by the U.S. Coast Guard, has died at the age of 101, roughly a century before she planned to go. “Mary Stewart lived a life,” said her longtime friend and neighbor on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Peggi Morris, 84. “When she turned
Hundreds of Cuban migrants who were stranded on remote islands off a Florida Keys national park for almost a week were shipped to Key West Thursday. On Thursday morning, the Coast Guard said 337 migrants who were being held at Dry Tortugas National Park were onboard the USCG Cutter Maple, a 225’ buoy tender, to be taken to the Coast Guard station in Key West. From there, they will be transported
DETROIT – A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued a dog that fell through the ice into the Detroit River over the holiday weekend, officials said. USCG Sector Detroit called for a “round of appaws” for Petty Officer Cole Harper and the boat crew that successfully rescued the struggling dog, according to a Facebook post. The crew from Station Belle Isle was underway when they spotted the dog struggling
Multiple groups of migrants landed in several locations throughout the Florida Keys New Year’s Day, according to law enforcement sources. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said seven or eight groups arrived since the early morning Sunday. One law enforcement source said there was a group of up to 25 people who landed near Sombrero Beach in the Middle Keys city of Marathon, and