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May 2017 Archives

One crew member still missing after Louisiana tug sinking

A Good Samaritan vessel rescued three people after their tug boat sank off the coast of Louisiana early in the morning on Memorial Day. The Coast Guard and others are still looking for one crew member of the tug vessel Crosby Commander who did not abandon ship onto a life raft along with the others.

Father of drowned fisherman urges safety for others

Don’t set foot on a fishing boat without a knife, and make sure it’s tethered to you. The father of a drowned conch fisherman wants others to hear this message, in the hopes that it will help prevent tragedies like the one his family experienced last summer.

Nantucket fishermen rescued after engine room fire

Two Nantucket Sound fisherman escaped injuries after a fire in their engine room on the morning of May 11. The Coast Guard heard about the fire on the F/V Jupiter from two sources at the same time: they received a radio call from the boat's captain as well as a report from an aircraft crew that saw smoke from above.

Federal engineers working on making winches safer

Five years ago, a 15-year-old died after getting caught in a winch on a shrimp vessel off the coast of Mississippi. Since then, engineers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have been looking at ways to prevent winch injuries, which are particularly common on shrimp boats in the Gulf of Mexico.

After vessel capsize, a reminder of Oregon river bar dangers

Last year, at least seven people died in boating accidents on river bars along the Oregon Coast. Although no deaths have been reported so far this year, at least one recreational vessel has capsized, and the Coast Guard is being proactive in encouraging mariners to check bar restrictions before setting out.

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