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November 24, 2004
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In this week's newsletter:
U.S. Coast Guard Leads WMD
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, MIAMI
A multinational military exercise to intercept weapons of mass destruction at sea concluded Nov. 17 near the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
Task force targets waterfront
By RAY HENRY, Standard-Times staff writer
NEW BEDFORD -- A multi-agency police force spent yesterday inspecting fishing boats transiting the harbor as part of a homeland security effort, officials said.
DoD to Use 'Forward-Deployed Active-Layered Defense' to Protect Country
By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample,
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2004 -- DoD's new strategy for helping protect the nation is to have a "forward-deployed active-layered defense," according to the man who helped craft the plan.
Super Bowl water traffic will be restricted
A waterfront view of the Super Bowl may not be possible. According to the Super Bowl Host Committee, portions of the St. Johns River will be off limits to civilian boats before and during the Feb. 6 game.
LAW & DISORDER: TV crew on security story on river might face fines
Coast Guard cutter returns after snagging millions in drugs
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston-based Coast Guard cutter Gallatin returned home Monday after a two-month patrol in the Caribbean during which it seized an estimated $928 million worth of cocaine.
Coast Guard Cutter Nabs $43 Million in Cocaine, Returns Home
November 19, 2004
COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Honolulu-based Coast Guard Cutter Rush is scheduled to return home Monday, after a 67-day deployment in support of counter-narcotic operations in the Eastern Pacific, during which 4,835 pounds of cocaine was seized.
Coast Guard to join Sweden in 2005 polar north venture
SEATTLE - The Coast Guard icebreaker Healy, just back from its annual research trek to the Arctic, is already preparing for next year's voyage - a joint venture with Sweden in the white world of the polar north.
New Coast Guard ship for Naval Station Everett
EVERETT -- A new Coast Guard ship will be stationed at Naval Station Everett.
Coast Guard gets 2 new patrol cutters
THE SUN HERALD
PASCAGOULA - The first of two new U.S. Coast Guard patrol craft, the USCGC Tornado (WPC 14), arrived recently at its new homeport at Naval Station Pascagoula.
Search called off for men
lost near Horse Island
Three rescued from capsized vessel in Oregon Inlet
For the second day in a row, Good Samaritans and the Coast Guard pulled fishermen from the surf of Oregon Inlet after their boat capsized Saturday morning.
Coast Guard Rescues Woman
A daring weekend rescue saves a Grand Marais woman.
Boy's quick action saves life, wins award
GRESHAM -- When a 5-year-old boy lost his balance on a dock at Yaquina Bay in Newport in August 2003, his parents didn't see him fall into the 52-degree water. Luckily, Tyler Lelm did.
Coast Guard Investigates
Phony Distress Call
Nov 19, 2004 8:09 am US/Eastern
(1010 WINS) (East Moriches, NY) The US Coast Guard and Suffolk County police are trying to find the person who made several phony distress calls over a VHF radio back in October.
Sailboat Played Role In Freighter-San Rafael Bridge Collision
Man nearly hits bridge with
boat; was wanted
Safety fender system catches vessel; operator charged with DUI
By Stephen Furness
CHINCOTEAGUE -- An 87-foot trawler struck the fender system of the Chincoteague Channel drawbridge Saturday night, which witnesses say stopped vehicle traffic for several hours.
Coast Guard says vessel overfished scallops
PORTSMOUTH, Va. The Coast Guard says it's boarding vessels to enforce restrictions on sea scallops and summer flounder.
Conch Poaching Voyage
U. S. Coast Guard
November 23, 2004
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo terminated the voyage a 20 foot fishing vessel Saturday, after approximately eighty harvested conch were found separated from their shells.
Shipping CEO convicted of
dumping 442 tons of waste in ocean
MIAMI (AP) - The head of a shipping company was convicted Tuesday of directing the illegal dumping of 442 tons of fuel-contaminated wheat from a freighter into the South China Sea.
Coast Guard battles marine pollution
For Pacific Sunday News
Historically, it has been a commonly held notion that the world's oceans have had an unlimited capacity for absorbing human-generated waste.
U.S. Coast Guard: Always ready
The Coast Guard has a proud history--in peacetime and at war. By Bob Sargeant. U.S. Coast Guard: Always ready
Date published: 11/20/2004
THE COAST GUARD is familiar to most Virginians who venture out onto the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River as watchful guardians who are sometimes welcomed aboard for the occasional marine inspection, and whose presence is always welcomed when the water is coming in over the gunwales.
Coast Guard honors 'rock of
the entire southern area'
DAILY NEWS STAFF
Day of Recognition for Coast Guard Includes an Hour of Stories, Awards
By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL
There are times when the Vineyard community might take the lifesaving work of the U.S. Coast Guard for granted. Friday was not one of those times.
Puget Sound Coasties Finish
Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Hawaii
By Lt. Cmdr. Amy Cocanour
U. S. Coast Guard
November 18, 2004
SEATTLE - Navy Commander John Collins had no idea that the challenge he issued to his buddies in 1978 would become the internationally recognized event known as the Ironman.
Miami Showed Team Coast Guard
#44 Chevrolet Potential For 2005
If Miami was any indication of things to come the new combination of Justin Labonte driving the Labonte-Haas #44 Coast Guard Chevrolet is going to make for an exciting 2005.
ESGR Completes 100 City Tour
(Opa-Locka, Florida) - The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, the Florida ESGR Committee and the United States Coast Guard recognized Florida National Guardsmen, Reservists, and their supportive employers at a complimentary luncheon at the Opa-Locka Coast Guard Air Station in Miami.
Celebrities to Boaters: "You're in Command! Boat Responsibly. Boat Safe"
by John Malatak
Chief, Program Operations Division
U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety
Call it human nature.
Few people respond when they are asked to change
their behavior -- even when they know that doing so could possibly save their
own lives. However, many people will change their behavior if it will make
them to be more like their heroes!
This is especially true in sports, where enthusiasts hang on every
word of their favorite experts and champions. That's why the U.S. Coast Guard
has reached out to nationally known celebrities to help promote its nationwide
recreational boating safety initiative -- "You're in Command." The past few
months have seen dramatic success, particularly in the recruiting of
celebrities with particular appeal to the groups most at risk for recreational
boating accidents and fatalities: hunters, anglers, and paddlers.
First up: NASCAR's Labonte family. Bobby
Labonte, his brother Terry Labonte, and Bobby's son Justin Labonte are all
NASCAR champions -- and avid anglers and hunters. When not on the racetrack,
they can often be found hunting or fishing from their boats. This past spring
all three Labontes teamed up to create television, radio, and print public
service announcements for our "You're in Command" initiative.
The Labontes feel strongly about boating
safety. Justin has stated several times that, "We go fishing all the time
when we're not working on our cars and we'd never go out without life
jackets." He has also stated that all of his family hopes that their messages
will encourage other people to stay safe.
The Labonte's public service announcements make a clear connection
between the safety gear they habitually wear while racing and the life jackets
they habitually wear while boating. The television spot was premiered during
the Busch Series Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona on July 2nd, and then sent out to
hundreds of media outlets. Since July the television public service
announcement has been seen by as many as 70 million viewers.
Next, at the request of the Sportsman's Forum,
bass fishing legend and television personality Bill Dance (a fellow Tennessee
VOL, I might add) volunteered to lend his name to "You're in Command." Bill
is a member of the International Fishing Hall of Fame and a three-time B.A.S.S.
Angler of the Year, with 23 national bass titles to his credit. His unique
style comes to anglers everywhere through his well-known television series
Bill Dance Outdoors.
Bill commented, "I've been fishing on TV for quite a while now and if
my advice can help save someone's life then I think it's my duty to do that."
Like the Labontes, Bill contributed his time to
make television, radio, and print public service announcements, all of which
will soon be placed nationally. There's no question that Bill Dance's
modeling of safe boating behaviors will save lives.
Then, through our partnership with the American Canoe Association,
whitewater kayaking champion Rebecca Giddens lent her support to "You're in
Command" and boating safety. Only a few weeks after winning a Silver Medal at
the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens , Rebecca taped television and radio public
service announcements and lent her image for print advertisements as well.
Rebecca's interest in boating safety is personal. She commented to us
that, "When I was twelve I was in a canoe that capsized on my local river. I
can clearly remember thinking I was going to drown. If I hadn't been wearing
my life jacket I truly believe I wouldn't be alive today."
Rebecca filmed her public service announcements on the Potomac River just days before winning her sixth Whitewater Slalom National Championship in Dickerson , Maryland . The ACA has agreed to help distribute the Rebecca Giddens "You're in Command" public service announcements and related materials to member liveries, retail stores, and community-based paddling clubs.
The participation of respected celebrities like Justin, Bobby, and
Terry Labonte, Bill Dance, and Rebecca Giddens is sure to attract the
attention of the recreational boating public -- and especially high-risk
groups like hunters, anglers, and paddlers -- to the personal responsibility
message implicit in "You're in Command."
The Coast Guard thanks these and other celebrities who have donated
their time to the cause of saving lives and preventing accidents on the
water. Keep a lookout for our new public service announcements. Please feel
free to provide us with your comments and suggestions on how we can better our
outreach efforts and grow our "You're In Command" initiative. Remember,
"You're in Command. Be responsible. Boat Safely!"
The Labonte, Dance, and Giddens public service announcements will soon be posted at www.uscgboating.org/incommand.
What to do if alone on the water?
By Joe DiRenzo
Special to the News-Herald
Usually people that own recreational vessels love to bring visitors to sea with them.
Coast Guard on Television
Nov 28, at 7 p.m., the Weather Channel will air "The Christmas Tree Ship" and will feature the crew of CGC Mackinaw and their efforts to bring Christmas trees to needy families of Chicago
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