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Man's Quick Swim Turns Into 4-Hour Nightmare

Randall Hackett found a buoy amid heavy fog

(Newser) - A swimmer who vanished off a Massachusetts beach was found safe and sound Tuesday after treading water for 4 1/2 hours. Randall Hackett, 58, and his 28-year-old son-in-law, Alexander Auerbach, had decided to swim part of the 4-mile distance of Crane Beach in Ipswich around 5pm Tuesday, report the Salem ... More »

Eagle Snatches Hiker's Phone

It happened in a 'birder's paradise' in Alaska

(Newser) - Unalaska is described as a "birder's paradise" on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website . But a Coast Guard officer had a decidedly different experience in this town nestled in the Aleutian Islands when a leisurely hike turned into a blitz against him by a bald... More »

46 Rescued From Sinking Boat Off Alaska

Good Samaritan ships rushed to remote location

(Newser) - Two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people Tuesday night who abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard says. There were no reports of any injuries as the crew members were transferred from life rafts to the merchant ships in fairly... More »

Coast Guard Hunts Hoaxer Who Cost It $500K

Unamused after 28 mayday hoaxes

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says it's looking for a man who has cost the service about $500,000 after responding to nearly 30 of his fake distress calls, reports the AP . In a press release published Friday, the Coast Guard says the 28 calls have originated from around the... More »

Pair Rescued as Boat Teeters Near Edge of Niagara Falls

Only a section of engine kept the boat from drifting

(Newser) - A man and woman got closer to Niagara Falls than they probably ever wanted on Sunday. The US Coast Guard was called in to rescue the pair from Buffalo after their boat became disabled and drifted "very close" to the Canadian side of the falls, reports the Niagara Gazette... More »

3 Fishermen Vanish Off Oahu

Their overturned boat was found Monday

(Newser) - The Coast Guard is searching for three men whose fishing boat overturned off Oahu's North Shore. Authorities say Jensen Loo, Clint Oshima, and Derek Tomas—all aged 30—left Haleiwa around 5:45am Sunday and were to return by 5pm. The Coast Guard was alerted when the men still... More »

Boy Critical After Near-Drowning on Cruise Ship

He was in the water for 8 to 10 minutes

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy who fell into a pool on a cruise ship off the coast of New Jersey and nearly drowned is in critical condition, says the US Coast Guard. A rep tells the New York Daily News that the boy was in the water for eight to 10 minutes... More »

Body Found in Search for Boating Family

3 still missing off Florida's Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Coast Guard rescuers fear the worst but have not given up after finding a body in the search for a father and three teenage children who disappeared off the coast of Florida Sunday. The Coast Guard says it found the body, which was wearing a life jacket, after finding debris... More »

Family Vanishes While Sailing for Repairs

Coast Guard searching off coast of Florida

(Newser) - A father and his three teenage children are missing off the Gulf Coast of Florida along with the 29-foot sailboat they were taking to get repairs. The Coast Guard says the man set out from Sarasota around 7am Sunday, bound for Fort Myers, but WFLA and NBC News report he... More »

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Cruise Passenger

Security footage shows her falling overboard

(Newser) - Coast Guard ships and planes are searching the Gulf of Mexico for a woman believed to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship 10 hours after it left Galveston. Officials say that after 33-year-old Samantha Broberg was reported missing on the Carnival Liberty, a ship-wide search was carried out. A... More »

Man Lost at Sea for Months Watched 3 Companions Die

29-year-old Colombian says they set out more than 2 months ago

(Newser) - Some 2,150 miles southeast of Hawaii, in what NBC News describes as a "desolate stretch of the Pacific Ocean" was a man, floating toward his death—or rescue, as it turns out. A China-bound cargo ship spotted the 29-year-old Colombian's 23-foot powerless skiff on April 26; he... More »

Castaways Rescued After Spelling 'Help'

Navy plane spotted men on remote Pacific island

(Newser) - Three castaways might still be stuck on a remote, uninhabited Pacific island if they hadn't made a sign. The sailors were saved after a US Navy plane spotted that they had spelled out "HELP" in palm fronds on Fanadik Island, which lies around 2,600 miles southwest of... More »

345-Mile Boat Chase 'Out of a Mission Impossible Movie'

Coast Guard pursues alleged boat thieves across Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - Some Christmas Eve: Members of the US Coast Guard spent it in high-speed pursuit of three suspected boat thieves across the Gulf of Mexico, NBC News reports. The chase began when a sheriff's marine unit in Fort Myers, Fla., responded to a tip about a 36-foot powerboat being stolen.... More »

Coast Guard Spots Illegal Boats, Begins a Rescue

50 sharks were set free in Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard rescued 50 sharks caught illegally near Texas' South Padre Island on Tuesday. Coast Guard members were patrolling near the island when they spotted four Mexican fishing boats about 800 yards north of the US-Mexico maritime boundary line, reports WVUE . As the Coast Guard approached, officials say... More »

Woman Falls Off Cruise Ship During Floating Music Fest

Norwegian Pearl crew says she went overboard 'intentionally' near Cuba

(Newser) - For the second time in a week , a person has fallen overboard on a major cruise line's ship. The Miami Herald quotes an emailed statement from Norwegian Cruise Line that says an un-IDed woman was seen Thursday evening "intentionally going overboard" from the deck of the Norwegian Pearl,... More »

Man Plummets Off Deck of Royal Caribbean Ship

Coast Guard searching waters near the Bahamas for 35-year-old

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man on a Royal Caribbean cruise went overboard early Friday morning, and the Coast Guard is now combing the waters near the Bahamas to find him, WESH 2 reports. Officials says staff on the Oasis of the Seas ship, now on its way back to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.... More »

Boater Rescued After 5 Days Stranded at Sea

He finally got close enough to land to call for help

(Newser) - The Coast Guard says a man who had been adrift for five days on a storm-damaged catamaran was rescued near the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Sunday. The agency says the man was picked after it received a mayday call late Saturday afternoon. The man reported that a storm destroyed... More »

Search for Survivors of Sunken Cargo Ship Ends Tonight

But one dad is 'still optimistic'

(Newser) - The Coast Guard plans to end its search for 33 missing crew members from a US cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, officials told family members Wednesday. The Coast Guard said it will end its search for survivors from the El Faro on Wednesday evening, according to... More »

American Disappears Off Fishing Boat Near Peru

Keith Davis 'is not the type of guy who's just going to fall off a boat': relative

(Newser) - An adventurous marine biologist described by a family member as a "MacGyver-type guy" who was careful and resourceful disappeared earlier this month off the fishing boat he was monitoring—and his family isn't convinced it was an accident, CNN reports. Keith Davis, reported to be 41 or 42... More »

FBI on the Case of Woman Who Fell Off Cruise Ship

The 59-year-old reportedly went overboard while sailing to Bar Harbor, Maine

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says the FBI is investigating after the body of a woman who fell off a cruise ship was pulled from waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The Portland Press Herald reports the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office plans to perform an autopsy on the 59-year-old's... More »

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