Boater beware: Vessel documentation fraud lurks online

A new scam is targeting boat owners looking to save a little time online, but it’s costing them hundreds of dollars: Websites offering documentation renewal services for a fee.

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Wallin examines certificates of documentation and other fishing vessel documents during a fishing vessel inspection in Cordova, Alaska, Sept. 18, 2015. Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel were in Cordova to conduct fishing vessel examinations and warn boaters to avoid certificates issued by third party providers. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


68-year-old missing boater rescued from Huckleberry Island - VIDEO

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard and fellow first responders found and rescued a missing boater Tuesday morning after he was reported overdue Monday night.

68-year-old Gordon Hay, wearing a wetsuit and lifejacket, was hoisted by the aircrew of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River located in Warrenton, Oregon, and safely transferred to emergency medical services, at Anacortes Airport. (Scroll down for video.)



Coast Guard Auxiliary completes 47 free vessel safety inspections

Volunteers from The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 13th Coast Guard District, Flotilla 11 San Juan Islands Detachment provided 47 boaters free vessel safety examinations on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Roche Harbor Marina on San Juan Island.
Large crowd on the rainy docks of Roche Harbor Marina, September 9, 2017
The free vessel safety examinations were conducted on a rainy Saturday during the annual Ranger Tug Rendezvous at Roche Harbor, where the owners of more than 180 of the vessels gathered to learn more about boating safety, share information about their vessels and socialize.

Coast Guard rescues 10 from raft taking on water in Bellingham Bay

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued seven kids and three adults from a raft that started taking on water in the vicinity of Portage Island in Bellingham, Tuesday night, August 8, 2017.

All seven kids had life jackets on but none of the three adults had life jackets available to put on as they were rescued by a boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bellingham.

A watchstander at Station Bellingham received a phone call from a woman aboard the raft at 6:10 p.m., who reported the raft taking on water off of Point Francis on Portage Island. The station immediately launched a boat crew to assist.

“This rescue is a good reminder that life jackets are always essential regardless how safe and harmless an activity seems,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Brazier, chief duty officer, Sector Puget Sound command center. “We are grateful that this emergency situation didn’t turn into a tragedy because of not wearing a life jacket.”

No injuries were reported and no medical assistance was needed.


Right place, right time, right hero

Coast Guard Rear Adm. David Throop will present Mrs. Darci Dawson with the Meritorious Public Service Award at a ceremony to be held at the Coast Guard Base Seattle Museum, at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. David Throop, commander, Coast Guard 13th District, presents Darci Dawson with the Meritorious Public Service Award at Base Seattle Museum on July 7, 2017.  Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi


Coast Guard assesses $9,500 civil penalty for WSF laser strike

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard Hearing Officer assessed a $9,500 civil penalty, Dec. 27 2016, to a Washington resident for interfering with the safe operation of the Washington State Ferry (WSF) Tokitae by shining a high-powered blue laser at the vessel on October 22, 2015.

Mark Raden of Freeland was aboard the WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton when he pointed the laser at the Tokitae, striking the vessel's master and chief mate in the eyes and endangering the 106 passengers on board.

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