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June 2 — Six people, including two young children, were rescued from their sinking vessel approximately 25 miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C., by Coast Guard rescue personnel after their vessel started taking on water at about 10:30 a.m. Kevin Nunemaker of Nags Head, N.C., the captain of the 24-foot recreational fishing vessel, radioed the Coast Guard for help after his vessel started quickly taking on water. A rescue crew from Station Oregon Inlet, N.C., arrived and pulled everyone except for Nunemaker off the distressed fishing vessel. Two members of the the rescue crew then jumped aboard Nunemaker’s vessel and instructed him to keep driving, while they used a dewatering pump lowered to them by a helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to save Nunemaker’s boat.

June 7 — CGC Bear returned to Integrated Support Command Portsmouth June 7 after completing a successful two-month, counter-narcotics patrol throughout the Caribbean. The Bear left on patrol from Naval Station Little Creek April 18 after completing a two-week annual training readiness assessment. As a result of the cutter’s outstanding performance in completing 169 graded drills and exercises, the Bear is now eligible to receive the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Operational Readiness Award.

June 12 — A multi-agency search resulted in the rescue of 91 migrants in the Mona Passage after their 40-foot yola capsized at approximately 1 a.m. Sadly, three deceased migrants were found trapped under the boat by divers from the Puerto Rican Police Department later this morning. “We are saddened at the lives lost in this tragedy and our hearts are with them and their families,” said Capt. Doug Rudolph, commander of the Coast Guard’s Greater Antilles Section.

June 14 — Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y. working in conjunction with the U.S. Border Patrol, seized 63 pounds of marijuana June 14 at the Leo Swamp Road Landing in Hogansburg. This seizure was a result of an on-going joint operation, coordinating U.S. and Canadian efforts along the international maritime border to detect, intercept and deter illegal activity.

July 24 — A Coast Guard New Orleans helicopter crew rescued two men after their helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 20 miles southeast of Patterson, La. The petroleum company helicopter started having engine trouble shortly after take-off from Abbeville Airport. The pilot and his mechanic had just enough time to make a distress call before their helicopter crashed into the water.

July 29 — Investigation and pollution teams from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office New Orleans responded to a collision between two vessels in the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans. The collision occurred between the 774-foot motor tanker Eagle Memphis and the 55-foot tug Mr. Craig while both vessels were northbound near mile marker 93, just south of Algiers Point. The collision resulted in a 13-foot hull-breach in the starboard fuel tank of the Eagle Memphis causing an estimated 50 barrels of heavy fuel oil to spill into the waterway. The area around where the collision occurred was closed to maritime traffic for about two hours. There were no reports of any injuries.

July 29 — The CGC Alert’s crew seized fishing gear belonging to the fishing vessel Bold Contender after the vessel was observed fishing for halibut following the official closure of a scheduled commercial halibut derby. During the one day derby, held July 28th, vessels holding International Pacific Halibut Commission licenses were authorized to fish for halibut using longline gear from 8 a.m., until 6 p.m. The boarding team seized gear and other evidence from the Bold Contender before the vessel returned to port. Evidence and information from the boarding was turned over to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to open an investigation into the incident. The Bold Contender hails from Warrenton, Ore.

Aug. 4 — An Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter and crew safely medevaced a man from the motor vessel Tampere Aug. 3. They transferred the patient to a Lifeguard jet in Cold Bay then medevaced him to Anchorage. The Coast Guard in Honolulu received notification Monday from the master aboard the Tampere that one of his crewman, Sevilla Erwin Banjo Llorada, 32, suffered injuries from a forklift rollover and needed medical attention. Upon notification, the vessel was 1,445 miles southwest of Kodiak Island, and closer to Alaska than Hawaii.

Aug. 9 — Two Coast Guard cutters made separate drug busts in the Caribbean Basin July 30, keeping more than 4,600 pounds of cocaine from eventually hitting U.S. streets. A law enforcement team from the CGC Dependable conducted a routine boarding on the 60-foot fishing vessel Mary Hill and discovered 64 bales of cocaine hidden inside the water tank. The bales tallied to 3,840 pounds of cocaine seized. The second case began when the CGC Spencer spotted a 42-foot go-fast vessel approximately 25 miles northeast of Nicaragua. The crew aboard the go-fast began to jettison what appeared to be bales from the boat, and a pursuit ensued. The Spencer launched a boarding team in its small boat, along with its embarked MH-68 Sting Ray helicopter from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla. After the suspected smugglers refused orders to stop, the Sting Ray crew issued warning shots and used disabling fire safely bringing it to a halt.

Aug. 22 — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit located a 75-year old Toledo man on his 18-foot fishing boat after his daughter reported him overdue from a fishing trip. Willie Doubert Roby departed Toledo that morning with intentions of fishing for the day in eastern Lake Erie. Within a few hours, Roby was located in good condition just south of Pelee Point in Canadian waters. The C-130 directed a Canadian coast guard vessel to the boat, which towed it to a nearby port.

Aug. 26 — The U.S. Coast Guard announced it will use helicopters to conduct aerial interception, known as Rotary Wing Air Intercept, during National Special Security Events. Coast Guard helicopters provide a unique ability to intercept, query, and escort low-altitude, slow-speed aircraft that operate below the speed and altitude of jet planes operated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which provides air defenses for the skies over North America. “The events of 9/11 have forced fundamental changes in the way we conduct security in our nation,” said Admiral Thomas H. Collins, commandant of the Coast Guard. “The Coast Guard has been quickly adapting to meet these new challenges and will continue to strive for innovative ways to enhance our ability to protect this country.”

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A 25-foot homeland security boat from MSST 91108 of St. Mary’s, Ga., patrols the water around Jekyll Island June 2, in preparation for the G-8 Summit on Sea Island.

PHOTO BY PA3 BETH REYNOLDS, PADET ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.

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The crew of the CGC Sailfish set the watch for the first time during the 87-foot patrol boat’s commissioning ceremony in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, June 3. The Sailfish’s missions include homeland security patrols and search and rescue throughout New York and New England waters.

PHOTO PA3 MIKE LUTZ, PADET NEW YORK

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The Coast Guard investigated the grounding of the 70-foot vessel Waters, homeported in Homer, Alaska. The vessel struck the number four dayboard when it grounded on a rock in Narrow Strait north of Kodiak Island near the village of Ouzinke June 18. A dayboard is a navigational beacon that clearly marks the channel when navigating in a restricted waterway.

PHOTO BY PA2 SARA RAYMER, 17TH DIST.

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NASCAR driver Justin Labonte celebrates after his first Busch Series victory in the Coast Guard #44 car at the Tropicana 300 in Joliet, Ill. July 10.

PHOTO BY PA2 DAVID MOSLEY, PADET CHICAGO

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HS2 Ayala Abner (left) and SK1 George Beltran treat a Dominican Republic migrant who spent 29 hours in the water after the vessel she was on in the Caribbean Sea capsized sometime July 12.

PHOTO BY PA1 DANIELLE DEMARINO 7TH DIST.

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MK3 Zach Stout mans a sound-powered telephone during a refueling operation on board the 378-foot CGC Mellon Aug. 11. The Seattle-based Mellon made a brief stop in Apra Harbor, Guam, to take on fuel prior to returning home after deploying with units of the U.S. and allied navies for Exercise CARAT 2004.

PHOTO BY PH2 NATHANAEL MILLER, USN

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