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Always on call; Ready to respond

Yesterday morning the Coast Guard received a call from a concerned crew reporting a missing diver six miles southeast of Perdido Pass. Their diver had not resurfaced for 90 minutes after going in with only an hour’s worth of oxygen. […]


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell shakes Petty Officer 2nd Class Keith Closson's hand after helping pin on the Coast Guard's second class diver insignia during a graduation ceremony at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida, Aug. 25, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally

Students no longer, Divers forever

    As the sun rose to the east, stretching forth its warm rays across the waters of Florida, a small group of men initiated the day with preparations. They begin ironing uniforms, polishing shoes and generally setting up for […]


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Upon Further Inspection

(Click picture for video) Sector New Orleans Port State Control examiners conduct an exam aboard the bulk carrier Maritime Unity. Sector New Orleans conducted 997 examinations and screened 5,361 vessels in the year of 2013. Port State Control is the inspection […]


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Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team New Orleans: Setting the waterways straight

  Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team New Orleans maintains channel markers in the New Orleans area. They inspect buoys marking the waterways for damage, corrosion and proper channel placement. Properly marking the channels not only keeps commercial vessels safe, but […]


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Rescuing a wreck

On May 1, Coast Guard aircrews took to the sky to search for two downed Navy pilots whose plane had crashed somewhere off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas. Fortunately, a rescue helicopter crew found and rescued them. Both men […]


U.S. Coast Guard Illustration by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega

The I of the storm

Benjamin Franklin once said “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” This week marks the start of hurricane season. As most citizens who live by the coastline are aware, this time of year can prove to be a period of […]


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Train in deadly currents, swim somewhere else

Down in central Texas there’s one place that provides a constant and dangerous challenge for the area rescue services – San Luis Pass. Each year, folks walk past the large, numerous, multicolored signs that scream in English and Spanish, “NO […]


A cleanup worker gathers oil on the shore of the Texas City Dike, March 24, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lehmann)

The when and Y

  A small amount of oil released into the ocean will unfurl, blossom and expand in every direction to form a greasy, rainbow-tinted dream coat on the surface of the water.   It’s not unpleasant to look at, but its […]


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A Workout to Remember: CG-6535

As heroes of history fell legends sprang forth from their daring feats, but now CrossFit workouts (WODs) are created in their honor. This multimedia project is of the 2nd Annual CG-6535 Memorial Workout done by Coast Guardsmen of the 8th Coast Guard District at the CrossFit Overtorque box in New Orleans.


A three-legged rescue

  On a windy, rainy Saturday afternoon Andrew Vuichard and his dog were called into service. Vuichard, a captain for Tow Boat U.S., was making his way to assist a disabled boat in the area. The boat had run out […]


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