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The First Time
The First TimeA hero doesn’t always wear a cape and save the day. Some heroes simply dedicate their lives to their jobs and answer the call to put another’s safety and well being before their own. They make a conscience choice to think of others first and when tested, bravely and selflessly arise to the occasion. These actions are what make a hero.


Coast Guard medevacs sailor from container ship off South Padre Island
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced the crewmember of a container ship approximately 40 miles offshore of South Padre Island late Saturday night.


Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue four Mexicans in Gulf of Mexico
Coast Guard cutter recovers 2 from sunken boatThe Coast Guard and a Mexican shrimper rescued four Mexican fishermen Wednesday after their boat sank about 22 miles offshore of South Padre Island.


Coast Guard commandant recognizes service member for role in drug busts
Coast Guard commandant recognizes service member for role in drug bustsThe Coast Guard’s highest ranking officer made a surprise visit to Cutter Bertholf Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to recognize a Coast Guardsman for his role in two drug busts off the Colombia coast. The Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft recognized Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Baasch, a gunner’s mate aboard the Cutter Bertholf, for his actions during two counter narcotics operations off Colombia June 28 and July 20. Baasch’s direct involvement resulted in the seizure of more than 7,450 pounds of cocaine with an import value of more than $113 million and the apprehension of six suspected smugglers.


Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, conducts hazardous materials response training
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, conducts hazardous materials response trainingAs enforcers of America’s maritime laws, Coast Guard boarding teams are typically associated with images of drug and migrant interdiction, monitoring fisheries and boating safety. However, as defenders of U.S. ports and harbors, Coast Guard members must also be prepared to respond to more dire threats to the nation’s security.


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Four months out of bootcamp, Seaman David Reynolds recalls his first search and rescue mission while at Station Montauk.



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Coast Guard Aircrew Hoists Ailing Man Aboard MH-65 Dolphin from Container Ship off South Padre Island, TexasCoast Guard Aircrew Hoists Ailing Man Aboard MH-65 Dolphin from Container Ship off South Padre Island, Texas
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoists a man aboard using the rescue basket after he...


Air Station New Orleans Survival TrainingAir Station New Orleans Survival Training
Members from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans perform yearly survival training at the...


Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Diver near Patos Island, Wash.Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Diver near Patos Island, Wash.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., hoists an...


Aviators Reflect on the HU-25 Falcon as the Last One RetiresAviators Reflect on the HU-25 Falcon as the Last One Retires
Aviators who have spent years flying the HU-25 Falcon (Guardian) reflect on their experiences...


Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Ship Passenger Near OahuCoast Guard Medevacs Cruise Ship Passenger Near Oahu
The Coast Guard medevacs a 76-year-old man being treated for internal bleeding from a cruise...


Coast Guard Conducts Blood Drop to Cruise ShipCoast Guard Conducts Blood Drop to Cruise Ship
A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point flew approximately 400 miles to airdrop a...


Coast Guard cutter Eagle enters dry-dockCoast Guard cutter Eagle enters dry-dock
Coast Guard cutter Eagle enters dry-dock at Coast Guard Yard Baltimore Sept. 19, 2014. The Eagle...


Coast Guard Station Sand Key Receives New Life-Saving BoatCoast Guard Station Sand Key Receives New Life-Saving Boat
Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, receives a new 29-foot Response Boat-Small II. The RB-S...


Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell Cuban Migrant InterdictionCoast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell Cuban Migrant Interdiction
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell located and rescued 29 Cuban migrants south...


Miami Beach Drug OffloadMiami Beach Drug Offload
Coast Guardsmen offload cocaine at Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., Sep. 18, 2014. The...


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The First Time The First Time
Crew members aboard a vessel at Station Montauk in Montauk, N.Y., have a discussion during morning safety inspections, Sept. 18, 2014.


Coast Guard, Metlakatla Indian Community sign memorandum of agreement Coast Guard, Metlakatla Indian Community sign memorandum of agreement
Capt. Shannan Greene, commander, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, and Mayor Audrey Hudson, of Metlakatla, Alaska, hold up a Metlakatla Indian...


Coast Guard searching for possible missing boater off Kauai Coast Guard searching for possible missing boater off Kauai
The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing boater approximately one mile northeast of Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai, Sept. 30, 2014. The...


Coast Guard aviation survival technicians prepare emergency medical gear and supplies for missions at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska Coast Guard aviation survival technicians prepare emergency medical gear and supplies for missions at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska
What do you carry in your emergency kit? Whether you are hiking or boating, being prepared is the key to a fun and safe adventure. Petty Officer...


New Coast Guard aids to navigation team opens for operations on Oak Island New Coast Guard aids to navigation team opens for operations on Oak Island
Rear Adm. Stephen P. Metruck (left), 5th District commander and Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan R. Yoraschek, officer in charge of the new Aids to...


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Deck Watch
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Deck Watch for Sept. 19-25, 2014. Stories include: Rescue of a person in the water; a passenger ship aground near...


Distress call prompts Coast Guard rescue
This distress call from an injured sailor prompted a late night rescue of two off Kauai, Sept. 17, 2014. Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command...


Deck Watch - Sept. 11, 2014
In this week’s Deck Watch, the Coast Guard three medevacs, participated in an emergency towing system drill with the city of Unalaska,...


Deck Watch - Sept. 4, 2014
In this week's Deck Watch, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy is hosting a free open house for visitors at the cruise ship terminal in Juneau,...


Rescue 21 recording
Sean Meek, a good Samaritan, counts people in the water in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Wash., while issuing a mayday call to...