Six migrants reported dead at sea in central Mediterranean
MILAN — (AP) — Migrants picked up at sea by a mercantile ship and brought to Italy by the coast guard have reported that six people died of thirst during the voyage, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday. A child with dehydration and his mother were transported to the Maltese capital of Valletta by helicopter from ship. So far this year, more than 1,200 people have died or are missing at sea in the perilous central Mediterranean crossing from North Africa to Europe. The U.N. refugee agency said the route the small boat had taken and how many days it had been at sea was not clear. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Turkey says Greek Coast Guard fires on cargo ship in Aegean
ISTANBUL — (AP) — Greek Coast Guard ships opened fire on a cargo vessel sailing in international waters in the Aegean Sea, the Turkish Coast Guard said, escalating tensions between the regional rivals that have mounted in recent weeks. It added that after “harassment fire” from two Greek Coast Guard vessels, two Turkish Coast Guard ships went to the area and the Greek boats left. Video footage from Saturday purportedly shows a Greek Coast Guard ship alongside the Comoros-flagged ship Anatolian as the sound of about a dozen gunshots are heard. A crew member speaks in Turkish, saying they are being attacked by the Greek Coast Guard. The Anatolian was anchored Sunday in the Dardanelles Strait off the Turkish coast, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.wftv.com
Report: US Coast Guard ship denied port call in Solomons
There was no response from the Solomon Islands' government for diplomatic clearance for the vessel to land, however, so the Oliver Henry diverted to Papua New Guinea, Kam said. She declined to specify when the incident occurred, and the Coast Guard did not immediately respond to emails or calls from The Associated Press for comment. The pact has raised fears of a Chinese naval base being established within 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) of Australia’s northeast coast. Both the Solomon Islands and China have denied their pact will lead to a Chinese military foothold in the South Pacific. U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn met with Sogavare in the Solomon Islands on Wednesday but it was not clear whether she raised the issue of the Coast Guard's refused port call.wftv.com
2 dead, 5 missing after migrant boat capsizes near Florida Keys, Coast Guard says
KEY WEST, Fla. — (AP) — Two people died and five were missing after a boat believed to be carrying migrants and attempting to enter the U.S. illegally capsized off the coast of the Florida Keys, the Coast Guard said. WATCH: 3 hurt after deputy-involved shooting at Orange County hotelEight people were rescued, the Coast Guard said in a news release Friday. WATCH: Police identify 81-year-old man shot by police after firing at first respondersReports of the capsized vessel about 14 miles south of Sugarloaf Key reached the Coast Guard around 10 a.m. Friday. One person was rescued from the water by the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Mariner of the Seas, the Coast Guard said. READ: Central Florida deputies searching for armed carjacking suspects“Our search continues for others that may have survived this tragic incident,” said Rear Adm. Brendan McPherson, commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District.wftv.com
EU court limits national checks for migrant rescue ships
Migration Italy The German charity Sea-Watch 3 with 444 people on board in the central Mediterranean on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Ships in the Mediterranean Sea have rescued over 1,100 people struggling to reach Europe in rickety smugglers boats and found five bodies. The European Court of Justice ruling came in response to an appeal by German migrant aid group Sea-Watch. Italian harbor authorities also considered that the ships were not certified for search-and-rescue missions. Sea-Watch described the court decision as a victory that means that port authorities can’t arbitrarily detain ships and prevent them from doing their work.wftv.com
Watch: Beachgoer captures moment plane crashes into waters off Seattle
Coast Guard: Small plane crashes off Alki Beach, Washington The plane sank in the water after a smooth landing and then it flipped forward, the Coast Guard said. (NCD)SEATTLE — An eyewitness happened to capture the dramatic moment when a small plane crashed into Washington’s Puget Sound on Tuesday. VIDEO: Small plane crashes into waters near Alki BeachSeattle Fire Department, along with the Coast Guard, responded to the incident around 4:30 p.m. The person aboard the plane reportedly swam to shore in stable condition. The plane eventually sank below the surface and the owner of the plane hired a contractor to remove the fuel and salvage the plane, according to the Coast Guard.wftv.com
Mediterranean ships find 5 dead, rescue over 1,100 migrants
MILAN — (AP) — Italian vessels have recovered five bodies and rescued 674 people packed on a fishing boat adrift in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard said Sunday, while European charities reported saving more than 500 more. In one case, a helicopter was called to evacuate a woman in need of medical treatment from a migrant boat in a precarious condition, the Coast Guard said. In separate operations, the German charity Sea-Watch said it rescued 444 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean on overcrowded, rickety smugglers' boats. The charity is asking for permission to bring the rescued people to a safe port, as the rescue ship is unable to accommodate so many people. In addition, the European charity SOS Mediterannee said its rescue ship Ocean Viking have saved 87 people, including 57 unaccompanied minors, from an overcrowded rubber boat off the Libyan coast.wftv.com
Volusia County Beaches see a total of 268 beach rescues over the weekend
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The beaches in Volusia County were busy with rescues this weekend. Volusia County Beach Safety said there were 138 beach rescues on Sunday and 130 rescues on Saturday. Beach Safety employees helped bring her to shore, where CPR was initiated by two ER nurses on the scene. Read: Lifeguards rescue more than 200 people at Volusia County beaches over holiday weekendBeach Safety employees returned to the ocean to rescue a male who had been caught in the same rip current. They strongly encourage beachgoers to swim near lifeguard towers with a lifeguard present.wftv.com
Coast Guard rescues Florida man off coast following medical issue
VIDEO: Coast Guard rescues Florida man off coast following medical issue VIDEO: Coast Guard rescues Florida man off coast following medical issue (WFTV)ORLANDO, Fla. — The United States Coast Guard rescued a 60-year-old man who was having difficulty breathing on Friday night. According to a news release, a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel radioed the Coast Guard around 8 p.m.At the time of the rescue, the vessel, American Patriot, was 57 miles west of Gordon Pass near Naples. The Coast Guard aircrew airlifted the patient and his two adult sons and took them to the hospital in stable condition. Read: Gun safety bill: Biden signs legislation passed by CongressThe Coast Guard encourages all mariners to have reliable forms of communication in the event of emergencies. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Deputies searching for missing elderly DeLand couple
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County deputies are seeking help in locating an elderly couple missing from their DeLand home Saturday morning. Read: Police warn of fake officer scam calls as Florida works with FCC to crack down on robocallsGuevara was last seen wearing a red shirt, black pants, and tennis shoes. Davila was wearing a white blouse, gray pants, and black sandals. Deputies searching for missing elderly Alzheimer's patients (WFTV)Anyone with information on the couple is asked to call the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office or 911. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
38 rescued, 11 dead as US searches waters after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico
Haitians are fleeing in greater numbers to the neighboring Dominican Republic, where they step onto rickety wooden boats as they attempt to reach Puerto Rico — a trip in which 11 Haitian women drowned this week, with dozens of other migrants believed missing.
Lawyers: Nearly $1B tentative settlement in condo collapse
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) (Mark Humphrey)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (AP) — A nearly $1 billion tentative settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit brought by families of victims and survivors of last June's condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, an attorney said Wednesday. Champlain Towers was in the midst of its 40-year structural review when it partially crumbled to the ground. The collapse triggered lawsuits from victims, families and condo owners, and prompted state and federal investigations. In December, a Florida grand jury issued a lengthy list of recommendations aimed at preventing another condominium collapse, including earlier and more frequent inspections and better waterproofing. And in February of this year, the Florida House unanimously passed a bill that would require statewide recertification of any condo building above three stories high.wftv.com
Italian rescuers save over 100 migrants, find 2 bodies
ROME — (AP) — The Italian Coast Guard on Friday rescued more than 100 migrants and recovered two bodies after a sailboat ran aground near a jetty in southern Italy. One diver shouted, “Jump, jump!” and “Bravo!” to try to boost the man’s courage. In all, 108 migrants had been aboard the double-masted sailboat, which had beached and overturned on a sandy shore adjacent to the jetty, the coast guard said. Sailboats and yachts usually carry far fewer migrants than traffickers' unseaworthy fishing boats, which often attempt to sail from Libya to the Italian island of Sicily. A police helicopter and an Italian coast guard helicopter searched the waters near the jetty in case there were any other survivors or victims, but the coast guard said no one appeared to be missing.wftv.com
‘Best Mother’s Day ever’: Coast Guard son surprises Florida mom at graduation – WFTV
(Sunshower Shots/iStock )FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It was a graduation surprise and a Mother’s Day gift wrapped into one big event. ‘This is the best Mother’s Day ever’: Coast Guard son surprises mom at her graduation https://t.co/yuJh6GNFPg — Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) May 5, 2022Freeman had dropped out of high school to care for her brother and sister, her three children and two nephews. But when she saw her son, Freeman ran across the Broward County Convention Center stage in black stilettos to hug her son, according to the newspaper. “This is the best Mother’s Day ever,” Freeman told the Herald. “I think this is the best Mother’s Day any mother could get.”Because he was serving overseas, Roberts knew he could not attend his mother’s big event, the newspaper reported.wftv.com
Coast Guard: 3 juveniles missing after jumping into Mississippi River
Coast Guard search: Officials with the Coast Guard are looking for three youths who reportedly jumped into the Mississippi River from a New Orleans neighborhood. (iStock)NEW ORLEANS — Officials with the Coast Guard are searching for three juveniles who allegedly jumped into the Mississippi River in New Orleans on Saturday night. The youths were reported as entering the river sometime around 7:15 p.m. CDT near the Crescent City Connection bridge, the television station reported. The Algiers ferry was shut down Saturday night and shuttle bus service was provided between the east and west banks as multiple Coast Guard units searched the water, WWL-TV reported. It was not immediately clear why the juveniles entered the river, WVUE reported.wftv.com
Stuck container ship in Chesapeake Bay finally refloated
BALTIMORE — (AP) — A container ship the length of more than three football fields has finally been pried from the muddy bottom of the Chesapeake Bay more than a month after it ran aground. Once refloated, the Ever Forward was weighed down again by water tanks to ensure safe passage under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on its way to an anchorage off Annapolis, The Baltimore Sun reported. The cargo ship, operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp., was traveling from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, on March 13, when it ran aground just north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The ship became stuck outside the shipping channel and did not block marine navigation, unlike last year’s high-profile grounding in the Suez Canal of its sister vessel, the Ever Given. After two failed efforts to free the more than 1,000-foot (305-meter) vessel, salvage experts determined earlier this month that unloading some of the containers offered the best chance to refloat it.wftv.com
Stuck container ship in Chesapeake Bay finally refloated
A container ship the length of more than three football fields has finally been pried from the muddy bottom of the Chesapeake Bay more than a month after it ran aground. After two unsuccessful attempts to dislodge it, and the subsequent removal of roughly 500 of the 5,000 containers it was carrying, the Ever Forward was refloated just before 7 a.m. Sunday by two barges and five tugboats. A full moon and high spring tide helped provide a lift to the salvage vessels as they pulled and pushed the massive ship from the mud, across a dredged hole and back into the shipping channel.news.yahoo.com
Girl, 7, taken by helicopter from Carnival ship to St. Petersburg hospital
CLEARWATER — A Coast Guard helicopter successfully evacuated a 7-year-old girl from a cruise ship 264 miles southwest of Clearwater on Sunday, the agency says. The girl and her father were flown to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Her condition was not released Monday. A crew member aboard the cruise ship Carnival Dream alerted the Coast Guard that a girl onboard was in ...news.yahoo.com
Coast Guard rescues 4 from capsized vessel in Tampa Bay
Rescued: Four men are rescued by Coast Guard officers after their boat capsized in Tampa Bay. (U.S. Coast Guard)ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Four people were rescued from a sinking vessel that capsized Saturday in Tampa Bay, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard officials received a 911 call from a motorist who saw two red flares north of the Sunshine Skyway at about 5:25 a.m. EST, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Read more https://t.co/M80zQGsSbY pic.twitter.com/j63TdT6OLm — USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) March 5, 2022No injuries were reported, the Coast Guard said in a news release. “The Coast Guard reminds all boaters of these important safety tips while on the water,” the agency said in its news release.wftv.com
Houston oil company sues over California pipeline leak
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — (AP) — A Houston-based oil company on Monday sued two container ship operators and an organization that helps oversee marine traffic, saying they failed to prevent last fall’s underwater pipeline leak off the Southern California coast. Amplify alleged that had the ships and Marine Exchange not been negligent, the spill wouldn't have happened. The filing adds the exchange, which logs shipping activity in the heavily traveled region, to ongoing litigation over the spill. The Marine Exchange declined to comment and referred questions to the Coast Guard, with which it operates vessel traffic services, according to the exchange’s website. The complaint filed Monday seeks damages for lost revenue from suspended oil production since the spill, and that the Marine Exchange not allow ships to anchor near the pipeline when severe weather is likely.wftv.com
WATCH: U.S. Coast Guard rescues shark bite victim from boat near the Bahamas
Coast guard shark bite victim rescue The United States Coast rescued a man from a boat Monday after he was bitten by a shark while fishing near the Bahamas. MIAMI, Fla. — The United States Coast rescued a man from a boat Monday after he was bitten by a shark while fishing near the Bahamas. READ: Central Florida woman accused of stealing from elderly in Flagler County, deputies sayThe crew advised the Coast Guard that they’d applied a tourniquet to help stop the man’s bleeding. Coast Guard watchstanders and a flight surgeon from the Coast Guard’s Seventh District joined a conference call where a medical evacuation of the man was recommended and a Coast Guard helicopter and airplane were sent to the scene. READ: Winter Park mayor addresses when body cam footage of wedding reception shooting could be released“This was the best possible outcome to a truly terrifying situation,” Coast Guard District Seven command duty officer Sean Connett said.wftv.com
8 missing in small plane crash off North Carolina coast
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — (AP) — Crews are searching the ocean off North Carolina on Monday after finding a debris field where a small plane carrying eight people went down a day earlier, the Coast Guard said. Watchstanders received a report of a possible downed aircraft about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) east of Drum Inlet from a Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point air traffic controller Sunday, the Coast Guard said. The air traffic controller reported that the aircraft was behaving erratically on radar, then disappeared from the screen. Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer Edward Wargo said searchers have found a debris field in the area. The search included boat crews launched from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City, local fire and sheriff's department personnel and and National Park Service beach crews, the agency said.wftv.com
Coast Guard searches for downed plane with 8 aboard
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — (AP) — The Coast Guard and local fire department crews are searching off the coast of North Carolina for a downed aircraft with eight people aboard, officials said Monday. Watchstanders received a report of a possible downed aircraft about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) east of Drum Inlet from a Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point air traffic controller on Sunday evening, the Coast Guard said. A total of eight people were aboard the Pilatus PC-12 single engine passenger aircraft, the Coast Guard said in a news release on Monday. Boat crews launched from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City were searching the area. Searchers have found a debris field in the area, Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer Edward Wargo said.wftv.com
Baby dies after Trinidad Coast Guard officers fire at boat carrying Venezuelan migrants
Baby (generic) Image by HeleneMejza from Pixabay (Image by HeleneMejza from Pixabay /Image by HeleneMejza from Pixabay)ORLANDO, Fla. — A Venezuelan baby died and the mother was injured over the weekend when Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard officers fired at a boat transporting migrants, authorities from the Caribbean nation said. The shooting happened Saturday during “security operations” at sea involving the Coast Guard and human traffickers, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said in a statement Sunday. The agency in a news release said the officers fired at the vessel’s engines in self-defense after it was repeatedly ordered to stop and it attempted to ram the Coast Guard vessel. “The vessel eventually stopped and only then it was discovered that there were illegal migrants on board who had remained hidden and were therefore not seen before,” according to the Coast Guard. The mother then told officers she was bleeding and the baby “was found to be unresponsive.”The agency said the woman was stabilized and then transported to a hospital.wftv.com
Trinidad officers fire on migrant boat; baby dies
CARACAS, Venezuela — (AP) — A Venezuelan baby died and the mother was injured over the weekend when Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard officers fired at a boat transporting migrants, authorities from the Caribbean nation said. The shooting happened Saturday during “security operations” at sea involving the Coast Guard and human traffickers, Prime Minister Keith Rowley said in a statement Sunday. The agency in a news release said the officers fired at the vessel’s engines in self-defense after it was repeatedly ordered to stop and it attempted to ram the Coast Guard vessel. “The vessel eventually stopped and only then it was discovered that there were illegal migrants on board who had remained hidden and were therefore not seen before,” according to the Coast Guard. The mother then told officers she was bleeding and the baby “was found to be unresponsive.”The agency said the woman was stabilized and then transported to a hospital.wftv.com
Venezuelan baby killed in mother’s arms as Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard fires at migrant boat
The fatal shooting took place as Coast Guard officers tried to stop a boat crossing the Venezuelan border into Trinidad and Tobago, in what the island nation’s officials described as an act of self-defense.washingtonpost.com
Separation of SpaceX rocket could be seen with the naked eye due to ‘jellyfish effect’
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket finally broke a scrub streak Monday, vaulting an Earth observation satellite into skies so clear that the entire process from launch to landing back at Cape Canaveral was easily visible to watchers along the coast.
China coast guard uses water cannon against Philippine boats
The Philippines says Chinese coast guard ships have blocked and sprayed a powerful stream of water at two of its ships carrying supplies to troops at a disputed South China Sea shoal, prompting Manila to warn Beijing that the vessels are covered by a mutual defense treaty with the United States.
Captain pleads not guilty to manslaughter in boat fire
The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people below deck, has pleaded not guilty to federal manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan surrendered Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, and was arraigned in Los Angeles federal court on 34 counts of seaman's manslaughter. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)LOS ANGELES – The captain of a scuba diving boat that burned and sank off the California coast, killing 34 people, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to manslaughter charges. Jerry Boylan was arraigned in federal court in Los Angeles on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. Truth Aquatics has sued in federal court under a provision in maritime law to avoid payouts to the families of the victims.
Coast Guard rescues 3 Cubans stranded on deserted island for 33 days
Anguilla Cay is the uninhabited island in the Bahamas where rescuers found three people who were stranded there for 33 days. A Coast Guard helicopter earlier this week spotted the two men and one woman and hoisted them in baskets from a rocky cliff in Anguilla Cay, a Bahamian islet close to Cuba. The U.S. Coast Guard did not respond to requests clarifying what considerations were made before the group was flown into the United States. It was unclear whether the group was originally bound for the U.S. or simply lost at sea, and the Coast Guard has said it focused merely on rescuing them. However, the rocky, uninhabited island is routinely monitored by the Coast Guard for strandings of migrants hoping to reach U.S. soil.
US Coast Guard seizes $411 million worth of drugs
The US Coast Guard has seized more than $411 million worth of drugs. Twenty-three thousand pounds of cocaine and nearly 9,000 pounds of marijuana were taken from drug smugglers Wednesday in the Pacific Ocean, authorities said. According to the Coast Guard, the drugs were being trafficked off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America. [TRENDING: 250,000 chickens killed in fire | SpaceX launch to bring sonic booms | New stimulus could mean $600 direct payment]Multiple agencies and other countries, including the UK, were involved in seizing the drugs.
Marine general has COVID after Pentagon meeting
Ray attended the Joint Chiefs meeting Friday in the so-called Tank — the classified meeting room in the Pentagon. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials. The Marine Corps remains operationally ready to answer the Nation’s call.”The news of the positive tests has stunned officials at the Pentagon. Overall, more than 47,000 service members have tested positive for the virus, as of Monday; 625 have been hospitalized and eight have died. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days.
Military leaders quarantined after official tests positive
The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)WASHINGTON – The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days. Some stayed home after having been exposed to the virus and other military leaders have self-quarantined for a short time after returning from travel.
Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters off Florida coast
CLEARWATER, Fla. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people from Tennessee after their boat capsized Wednesday some 15 miles off Florida's Gulf Coast. The agency said in a news release that the boaters called at 2:09 p.m., saying their flat bottom fishing boat was taking on water and they needed assistance. A Jayhawk helicopter crew located the men wearing life jackets and clinging to the capsized boat. After everything went wrong, these men did everything right, said Lt. Tim Keily, the Air Station Clearwater helicopter co-pilot. They immediately called for help, wore their life jackets and stayed with their boat.
Police: 2 women killed when car fell off Florida ferry
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The bodies of two women were discovered in a car that rolled off a ferry into a deep shipping channel off the coast of South Florida. Their family members were notified of the deaths, the Coast Guard said on Twitter. Miami-Dade police identified the women as Emma Afra, 63, of Miami, and Viviane Brahms, 76, of Harrison, New York. The Coast Guard is investigating how the car fell from the ferry, which takes people and cars back and forth from the exclusive Fisher Island. The front and back of the ferry are usually closed by chains during the short trip.