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CG e-Newsletter

November 24, 2004

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U.S. Coast Guard Leads WMD Interception Exercise


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 security

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, USA
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

by J. Brooks Terry
Staff Writer

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

The Times-Union

Three members of a Jacksonville television news crew could face fines up to $32,500 each for violating a security zone along the St. Johns River while working on a story Monday, Coast Guard officials said.

Coast Guard cutter returns after snagging millions in drugs

Associated Press

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

U. S. Coast Guard
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.,13319,uscg2_111904.00.html

Coast Guard to join Sweden in 2005 polar north venture

By Peggy Andersen
Associated Press

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 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
Rescue team finds capsized skiff, personal belongings and drowned dogs west of Juneau


The Coast Guard announced Monday it had suspended its search Sunday afternoon for two 30-year-old men missing since their 26-foot cabin cruiser was reported capsized at 4 p.m. Saturday near Horse Island, 12 miles west of Juneau.

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

Monday, November 22, 2004

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

POSTED: 8:03 am PST November 18, 2004
ALAMEDA -- An initial U.S. Coast Guard investigation into a July collision between a freight ship and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge has found that a small sailboat played a role in the 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 Terminated

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.,13319,uscg1_112304.00.html

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

By Sue Burgett
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'

November 21,2004


FORT MACON - There's no one moment that stands out above the rest for Bobby Swindell as he talks about a U.S. Coast Guard career that has now spanned 50 years.

Day of Recognition for Coast Guard Includes an Hour of Stories, Awards


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.,13319,uscg1_111804.00.html

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
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

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.

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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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