Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Puppy in Kodiak, Alaska

When the crew of a grounded fishing vessel lost their beloved puppy, the Coast Guard jumped into action to rescue the pooch from Black Point in Kodiak Island. After a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew, aboard an MH-60…

USCG Rescues Sailor in 30-foot Seas, 70-knot Winds

The US Coast Guard rescued a man from a disabled sailboat approximately 145 nautical miles west of Sitka, Alaska on October 11. Incredibly, the weather conditions were observed to be 70-knot winds and 30-foot seas with…

5 Ways to Get Your Boat’s VHF Radio Ready for the Season

In recreational boating, cellphones are just fine for routine communications. So why do you need a VHF radio – either a handheld or fixed mount – on your boat? Because in an emergency it’s the only thing that can directly…

U.S. Coast Guard Announces Law Requiring Use of Engine Cut-off Switches

As of April 1, 2021 operators of recreational vessels of less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch in U.S. waters. When the following USCG press release announcing the new requirement of…

U.S. Coast Guard Survey Offers Heaps of Data on Recreational Boating

The U.S. Coast Guard recently released their national survey on recreational boating, which helps shape national boating safety policy.  SPRINGFIELD, Va., Dec. 14, 2020 – An all-encompassing report on recreational boating…

Video: USCG Cutter Finishes Final Patrol, Decommissioned After 52 Years of Service

The Coast Guard Cutter Mellon completed its final patrol in July, 2020 after 52 years of service. Mellon, a high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, has long been a staple in Alaskan waters, conducting missions…

USCG Offers New i911 System for Pacific Northwest Boaters

The 13th Coast Guard District has implemented a new system to assist mariners in distress on the waters of the Pacific Northwest Across Washington and Oregon, mariners can provide vital location information to Coast Guard…