Coast Guard Club Newsletter

July 23

SPECIAL NOTICE: If anyone is interested in taking over the Coast Guard Club, please notify me & I will provide needed details, plus all the files.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: This months newsletter was EXTREMELY difficult to prepare for mailing due to the many differences in our members addressesseveral members have 3 different addresses listed in various places. I rely on my ham CD to verify mailing addresses, but when there are differences, I have no way of knowing what the current mailing address is. When this situation arises, I attempt to obtain this information by email, but many members do not have this service. If I am informed of an address change, I immediately post it in our call book & also in the file containing your mailing label. USPS returned mail not only costs a stamp but creates work to determine a correct address. Please let me know if you have moved within the last year.


WHO RECEIVES THIS NEWSLETTER? Members who have an upcoming birthday, each potential Coast Guard Club recruit, & any Coastie I write to. This Newsletter is posted on the Web at HTTP://HOME1.GTE.NET/KE7A/INDEX.HTM, WWW.JACKSJOINT.COM & at WWW.FREDSPLACE.ORG. If you can receive e-mail files & would like a copy of this Newsletter each month, please contact me.


CGC MEMBERS, LET US SEE YOU. You may add your picture(s) to the clubs call book by sending it (them) as an email attachment (JPEG format, please) or by mail to me. The book has become more interesting with these added pictures.


STATISTICS (29 May): DRUGS SEIZED: Cocaine, 73,323 lbs, Marijuana Products, 11,577 lbs; LIVES SAVED: 1,934; MIGRANTS INTERDICTED: 3,589.)


Search and Rescue SitReps


BOSTON - The Canadian CG contacted the USCG to report that a crewmember from the Atlantic Leader, a Canadian vessel, fell overboard while the crew was engaged in fishing 15 NM E of Cape Cod. The crewmember was not wearing a life jacket. The CG launched an HH-6 & a Falcon jet from CGAS Cape Cod, the Canadian CG diverted a C-13, the CGC DEPENDABLE was diverted from a routine patrol, & a C-13 from CGAS Elizabeth City s on scene as well. Two Canadian Good Samaritan boats, the FV Atlantic Guardian & the FV Ernest Pierce, also assisted in the search. The name of the man is being held pending next of kin notification.

JUNEAU - When a SE Alaska man failed to arrive at his brother's wedding in Edna Bay on Prince of Wales Island, a friend reported him overdue. Search efforts began after the caller reported that 51-yo Daryl Wilks aboard his 18-ft aluminum skiff never arrived. The boater departed the village of Hyder & stopped in Ketchikan for fuel before continuing his 165-mile trek. A CG helicopter crew from Sitka & a Station Ketchikan rescue boat crew began searching & continued searching late into the evening. According to the caller, Wilks is a known survivalist whose boat is equipped with food, a space blanket, a gun & fishing equipment. A Good Samaritan reported spotting Wilks asking for directions to Point Baker while in Behm Canal, about 25 miles off course. Extensive CG-led search includes 2 Sitka helicopter crews, Station Ketchikan rescuers & assistance from the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad & Alaska State Troopers.

JUNEAU - Following a search that lasted more than 27 hours & covered an area 3 times greater than the size of Rhode Island, the CG suspended the search for 5 people & an unnamed vessel that reportedly sank about 13 miles W of Montague Island. The search was suspended pending further developments. The search began after the CG in Kodiak & Valdez received a relayed radio distress call from fishers aboard the vessel Estimate claiming they heard a boater say his vessel began sinking & the 5 people aboard began entering the water. The CG immediately diverted a rescue helicopter crew from its training mission to the scene near Cape Cleare. A 2d helo was despatched, a C-13, CGC ROANOKE ISLAND, & assistance was sought from 2 nearby Good Samaritan fishing crews. The search area encompassed more than 3,25 square miles; no debris or any signs of people or pollution were found. Also, the CG didn't receive any electronic beacon distress signals to help pinpoint a possible location & provide information about the vessel. SAR coordinators also confirmed with area harbourmasters there have been no reports of overdue vessels or missing people.

HOUSTON The CG concluded its search for a missing man after he was found deceased on an inland barge drilling rig in Galveston Bay, TX. The man, identified as Ronald Fontenot Sr., from Louisiana, was reported missing after an explosion on Transocean Rig 62 near San Leon. After the explosion, 21 people from the rig crew were evacuated with 1 person unaccounted for. The CG was notified by the Texas City Police Dept & launched an HH-65 from CGAS Houston, & a small boat crew from Station Galveston, to search. Searches continued throughout the night & into the morning until he was found by oil well firefighters from the Boots & Coots Group, a well control company from Houston. Marine Safety Unit Galveston is investigating the cause of the accident.

JUNEAU - A cruise ship with 72 passengers & 21 crewmembers headed to Whittier hit bottom in Prince William Sound. The master of the cruise ship Spirit of Columbia reported to Prince William Sound vessel traffic service (VTS) that his vessel had went touch & go (hit bottom) & possibly bent the port shaft & propeller in Jackpot Bay, approx 75 miles S of Whittier. The master reported there was no apparent hull damage, pollution, or water entering the vessel. The master felt it safe to continue to transit to Whittier with the starboard propeller. The vessel was placed on a 1-hour comm schedule with the VTS until they reached Whittier safely. All passengers were safely off-loaded in Whittier. Company officials, divers & a marine inspector from Marine Safety Office Anchorage are currently inspecting the vessel for damage.

WILMETTE, IL - The CG rescued 2 men from Lake Michigan after their Hobbie Cat pleasure craft capsized about -mile off of Glencoe, IL. A crew from Station Wilmette Harbor responded & arrived on scene within 15 minutes. With the help of Glencoe Lifeguards on shore, the CG was able to locate the 2 men & pull them to safety.

MIAMI - After an extensive, multi-agency search, all 5 victims killed in an in-air plane collision -mile E of Deerfield Beach, FL, has been recovered. Broward Sheriffs Office divers found the body of the 5th victim. The search included 4 boat crews from Station Ft. Lauderdale, 1 crew from Station Lake Worth Inlet, 2 rescue helicopters, & CGC GANNET. Also involved were 6 boats from local police departments, BSO & Broward Fire Rescue, a commercial salvage vessel from Sea Tow, & many Good Samaritans in the area. We are deeply saddened by the death of the victims in this tragic event. Due to the extensive & coordinated search between the numerous agencies & Good Samaritans, we were able to recover all of the victims. The thoughts & prayers of the CG go out to the families & friends of those who died, said CAPT Everett Rollins, chief of search and rescue for the 7th CG District. The NTSB will continue to investigate the accident.

HONOLULU A C-13 from CGAS Barbers Point medevaced a swimmer suffering from shark attack wounds at Johnston Atoll. The CG received the call from the Air Mobility Operations Control Centre & launched with an Air Force Medical Team onboard. The 51-YO male was bitten on the left leg while swimming. The victim was transferred to Queens Medical Centre where he was listed in stable condition.


GOODBYE RM SPARKS: On 1 July CAMSPAC will retire the historic sparks from the rating badge as the CG restructures its work force, replacing that specialty with 2 others: Operations Specialist & the Information Technology Specialist, neither of which will carry the symbolic sparks in its insignia.


COAST GUARD CLUB CALL BOOK (Sold to CGC members only.) is bound in a 1-1/2 spiral binder & will include a Certificate of Membership in the Coast Guard Club suitable for framing. If you want a copy, send a cheque for $15., which includes postage, payable to Don Gardner.


CG NETS: The CG Radio Amateur SSB Net is on the air each Saturday from 12-13 ET on 143 (14313 alternate). At 13 ET the Net shifts to 14327 & continues, usually for about 3 minutes. Dick Anderson, KE7A, in the Dallas-Ft Worth area, is the NCS. A CW Net with Fred Goodwin, K7LF, as NCS, is on 1452/752 & runs simultaneously.




CGC CASCO: Any former crewmembers who would like to be placed on a mailing list of shipmates & activities that includes a reunion every several years, contact: Gordon C Kelly, P O BOX 141, Lyon, WI 53148.

CG CW OPERATORS: 29 October-2 November 23 at Honeysuckle Inn, Branson, MO. Contact Paula Lee 1-8 942 3553 for reservations, email for details.

CGC DUANE: 12th annual reunion in Baltimore, MD 25-27 September 23. More details & free newsletter contact Paul Turner, 113 Wharton Hollow RD, Summit, NY 12175 or

CGC KUKUI: 9-14 October 23 at Alexandria, VA. Contact CAPT Jim Donahue, retired, 38 N Oakland ST, Arlington, VA 2227, Fone 73 522 217.

LIGHTSHIP SAILORS ASSN: Reunion 2-4 October 23 at Lewes, DE. Any questions contact Lou Toobert, 111 Sonant Drive, Newark, DE 19713, Fone 32 738 92, e-mail:

CGC MACKINAW: The Once In Every Five Years Mackinaw Reunion is planned for the 2nd week of August 24 in Cheboygan, Michigan. The once Great White Mother of the Great Lakes, now sporting a red coat of paint, will be 55 years old. More info about the gathering will be posted as received.

CGC ROCKAWAY: 2-5 October 23 Cape May, NJ. Contact or

NORTH COAST NEW YORK COAST GUARD ASSOC.: 12-14 September at Sackets Harbor, NY. Further info contact Gordon Koscher / 4712 Glenwood Dr / Mantua, OH 44255, fone 33 274 2927.

83 FOOTERS: 16 August Port Townsend, WA; further info contact Dick Craig email, fax 26 546 728, mail 1255 NW Richmond Beach RD #12, Shoreline, WA 98177-2784.


MEMBERSHIP: There are 53 members in our club as of 3 June. DE AD4PT 73 & Semper Paratus.