15 firearms, $150K cash, heroin, meth, cocaine seized from high speed boat in Salish Sea

U.S. Coast Guard Press Release: A British Columbia man is facing 11 charges relating to the importation and trafficking of illegal narcotics as a result of a cross-border investigation conducted by the RCMP, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard and Victoria City Police as part of Operation Shiprider.

William Milton Barnes, from Saanich, is alleged to have imported and trafficked cocaine, crystal methamphetamine and heroin from the United States in a scheme that involved transactions by boat on the open water in British Columbia and Washington State.


Coast Guard finds father and son divers reported missing in San Juan Islands

A Coast Guard aircrew located a father and son diving pair after the divers became separated from their dive boat while diving near the San Juan Islands, Thursday, March 29, 2018.

The father and son divers, ages 46 and 18 respectively and from Forest Grove, Oregon, were located safe on land and were transported back to their dive boat and reunited with family with no reported injuries by a Coast Guard Station Bellingham boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.


Coast Guard encourages Pacific Northwest mariners to participate in Pacific Seacoast study

The Coast Guard reminds boaters that there is still time to participate in a survey related to a study of aids to navigation in U.S. Pacific waters including the Oregon and Washington coasts.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Schoonover and Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Yost, crewmembers stationed at Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, in Seattle, replace reflective tape on a buoy while servicing waterway aids, Aug. 16, 2016. The main goal of the ANT is to alleviate transit risks and promote a safe environment for military, commercial, passenger and other vessels while assisting mariners by charting safe courses and warning them of dangers and obstructions on the waterway. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.


Coast Guard helicopter avoids drone strike in Port Angeles

SEATTLE – A Coast Guard aircrew was 300 feet in the air conducting training when they had a near-miss collision with a recreational drone in the vicinity of Fairchild International Airport, Saturday.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles was conducting low-level training near the airport when the crew maneuvered to miss what they thought was a bird.


Coast Guard medevacs Navy sailor off of U.S.S. Kidd in Straits of Juan de Fuca

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation of a sick Navy sailor aboard the U.S.S. Kidd, which was transiting the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2018.

Lt. Joe Brewan, the supply officer and the helicopter control tower operator aboard the U.S.S. Kidd, watches a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Air Station Port Angeles land on the bow of the ship, which was transiting the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in order to conduct a medevac of a sick Navy sailor, March 4, 2018. U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Selby Arnold


13th District Coast Guard has busy weekend, stresses use of lifesaving equipment

SEATTLE -- Coast Guard rescue crews across Washington responded to multiple cases this weekend involving mariners not wearing lifejackets and deficiencies of lifesaving equipment found aboard vessels.

With warmer spring weather coming to the Pacific Northwest, the Coast Guard stresses the importance of wearing lifejackets and having the proper lifesaving equipment aboard vessels in the event of emergencies.


Coast Guard assist boat taking on water in Boundary Pass

The U.S. Coast Guard assisted two boaters whose boat started taking on water in Canadian waters near Boundary Pass, Saturday afternoon February 10, 2018.

Joint Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police boat crews aboard two Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Mediums from Stations Bellingham and Port Angeles assisted the boaters and dewatered the vessel before commercial assistance providers towed the boat to Vector Marina in Sidney, British Columbia.

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