Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 18 as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, while serving aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.
Crew members from Coast Guard Station Seattle and a rescue swimmer from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., assist two people aboard a 46-foot pleasure craft taking on water in Saratoga Passage near Whidbey Island, Wash., Oct. 15, 2013. The boat was successfully dewatered and towed in to Everett Marina. U.S. Coast Guard. photo by Lt. Cmdr. Scott Sanborn
PRESS RELEASE: The Coast Guard 13th District and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division signed a finalized agreement for the Pacific region Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement program, known as Shiprider, during a ceremony at the Peace Arch Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, Monday, June 17, 2013.
Shiprider is a program that enables specially-trained officials from both nations to pursue or interdict suspected criminals transiting across the shared maritime border.
The fishing vessel Neakahnie, a 97-foot U.S.-flagged commercial fishing vessel, sits aground near Bush Point on Whidbey Island, Wash., June 4, 2013. Coast Guard photo
Coast Guard crews and members of the Washington Department of Ecology are responding to a fishing vessel run aground on the west side of Whidbey Island early Tuesday.
The Coast Guard medevaced an injured woman from a recreational vessel in the northern San Juan Islands Monday. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, located in Seattle, received a request for assistance from the vessel Siesta at approximately 1:30 p.m., stating a 60-year-old woman on board had fallen and hit her head, suffering a severe gash to her forehead.
WASHINGTON- Prescription medications can bring on unwanted side effects to boaters on the water far from emergency personnel. "The marine environment exposes people to heat or cold, motion, wind, noise and other factors that can cause fatigue in anyone," says Richard C. Lavy, M.D.