U.S. Coast Guard, WA Ecology to hold spill preparedness conference in Seattle

The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology will host a spill preparedness conference May 20 – 21 at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle.

The two-day seminar is an opportunity

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U.S. Coast Guard helicopter lands safely after laser incident near Port Angeles

A Coast Guard helicopter crew conducting a training flight over Clallam County Airport in Port Angeles reportedly suffered a laser strike from an unknown ground source Monday night.

The crew

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U.S. Coast Guard crews rescue man and his dog near Ocean City

Imagery available: Coast Guard rescues man, dog near Ocean City, Wash. A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted local search and rescue personnel in locating a lost man and his dog near Ocean

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U.S. Coast Guard advises strong caution to beachgoers in the Pacific Northwest

Due to the recent number of fatalities the Coast Guard strongly cautions beachgoers to be aware of possible dangers to stay safe while enjoying the Oregon and Washington coasts.

During the

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U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public discussions on the future of America’s waterways

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold nationwide public discussions on

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Coast Guard medevacs injured crewmember 30 miles west of Grays Harbor

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured crewmember from a fishing vessel 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Wednesday.

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Coast Guard rescues teenage hiker from Olympic National Park

SEATTLE, Wash. - The U.S. Coast Guard medevac'd a 15-year old hiker after she fell from a 15-foot cliff north of the Hoh River in Olympic National Park, in Clallam, Wash., Monday.

The hiker was reported in stable condition.

At approximately 10:46 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a request from National Park Service employees to rescue a fallen hiker.

The hiker, an Idaho native visiting the park on a school field trip, had reportedly fallen head-first onto a beach and was in-and out-of consciousness.

The duty flight surgeon from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., spoke with National Park Service rangers and agreed to perform the medevac.

A HH-65 Dolphin crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer. The girl was hoisted aboard the Dolphin at approximately 1:12 p.m. and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Westport Marina Manager Ken Rausch Honored by Ecology Department

A Westport Marina Manager is being honored with an environmental excellence award from the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) for going above and beyond normal duties to keep boats afloat -- reducing potential for sinking of boats and the resulting damage to the environment.

Marina manager Ken Rausch also is being honored due to his extra diligence in working with boat owners and operators, Ecology’s Spill Response Team, contractors, and others to contain and clean up fuel spills when they have occurred during the last two decades.

Ecology will present the award to Rausch today during the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Meeting, held at 9 a.m. at the port’s main office, 111 S. Wooding Street, Aberdeen.

When boats take on water and sink, they often release fuel and other petroleum and toxic chemicals to the environment.

Boat owners and operators who spill oil can face monetary penalties for allowing oil to pollute state waters. Because petroleum products damage the environment and can threaten fish, shellfish, birds and critical habitat areas, spillers can also be held responsible for compensating Washington citizens for damage done to the public’s natural resources.

Mason County Enforcement Prepares For Operation Dry Water

Shelton, WA – Recreational boating fatalities last year jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and boating under the influence (BUI) was the leading contributing factor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics. The report comes just weeks before the Mason County Sheriff’s Office participates in the national Operation Dry Water 2012 campaign. This nationwide campaign focuses on enforcement of BUI laws and educating all boaters to the risks of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Officers will be out in force June 22, 23 and 24 looking for boat operators whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of .08.Impaired boaters may expect penalties that include fines and jail time.

We intend to arrest intoxicated boaters and to educate as many boaters as possible about the dangers of boating under the influence - Chief Deputy Dean Byrd

According to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), boating under the influence of alcohol and drugs continues to be a major problem in the United States. Boat operators or even passengers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident.