Coast Guard announces WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck crash site located after 70 years

NEW YORK – The Defense Department's Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command said an exhaustive search by an expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers has produced sufficient evidence that the crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, has been found, Coast Guard officials announced Monday.

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A dog story to end the week

The Coast Guard rescues a man with his dog, June 14, 2012, after the two became stranded on a small island in the Coos River, Ore., approximately 3 miles east of the North Bend Bridge, the day before. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend hoisted the man and his dog to safety. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend.

Due to shallow water, Coast Guard Station Coos Bay was unable to reach the man who stated he was hypoglycemic, out of food, feeling weak and unable to refloat his 16-foot pleasure craft at high tide.

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New CG emergency towing system can be deployed from helicopter

210-kitASTORIA, Ore. — Thirteenth Coast Guard District's new Emergency Towing System, a pre-staged package of equipment that would be delivered to a disabled vessel requiring assistance, was tested by the Coast Guard and members of the commercial fishing and tugboat industry Wednesday, June 13.

The ETS program came into existence following the near grounding of the motor vessel Salica Frigo on March 9, 2007 in Unalaska Bay, Alaska, but Wednesday's exercise marked the beginning of its use in the waters of Washington and Oregon.

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Washington needs boating leaders on our waterways

OLYMPIA Washington State Parks boating program is the leader in boating safety and wants to encourage other boating leaders to get their card and demonstrate safe boating practices.Boater safety education is required by law in Washington State.

In 2012, all boaters ages 40 years and under are required to take a boating safety course and get the boater card, when operating a motorboat of 15 hp or greater. By 2014, this same requirement will apply to boaters born after December 31, 1954.

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Barge St. Elias refloated, inspected, towed with escorts to Indian Island

2-1SEATTLE — The barge St. Elias, which ran aground five miles southwest of Anacortes, Wash., in Rosario Strait, Monday, was refloated, inspected and towed to Indian Island, Wash., Tuesday.

The hull of the 322-foot, dry-cargo barge was inspected by contracted divers from Global Marine & Diving, who located a 10-foot by 10-foot hole in the forward starboard hold. The hole did not affect the stability of the vessel and draft readings indicated no change to the barge's trim.

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Barge with explosive ordnance refloated near Belle Rock

The dry-cargo barge, St. Elias, which ran aground five miles southwest of Anacortes  in Rosario Strait, Monday, October 10, 2011 refloated free of Belle Rock at 3 p.m.

The St. Elias was towed into the middle of the channel and is sitting at its normal drift marks.

Sector Puget Sound and Washington Dept. of Ecology are working with response tugs to transport the St. Elias to a location in the vicinity of Shannon Point were further dive assessment will occur. After reviewing the assessment and further visual inspections, the Coast Guard, in conjunction with all parties involved, will work the next phase of the vessel transit to Indian Island.

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