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USCG Seventh District
Brickell Plaza Federal Building
909 SE 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33131-3050

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Crews begin work to salvage vessels from the beach in Cruz Bay, St. John. Today vessel removal operations began in Cruz Bay with the removal of vessels where owners requested special consideration for federal assistance, which is granted on a case-by-case consideration at no cost to the vessel owner. All vessels salvaged under special consideration are lifted, removed of potential maritime pollutants, including fuel and oils, temporarily patched as needed, then refloated. Once the vessel is stable, it is passed to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources for processing and returning to the vessel owner. Vessel owners have until December 1st to declare their intention for their vessel, otherwise their vessel may be labeled as abandoned and subsequently salvaged, cleaned and passed to DPNR for potential disposal. For more information on how vessel owners can contact to pass their intentions, please visit: http://usvihurricaneboatremoval.wordpress.com
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The Coast Guard Foundation held Thanksgiving dinner in Fort Lauderdale today for #USCG families that unfortunately were not able to spend the holiday at home due to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
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RT @ICEgov: What some people are subjected to when being smuggled into the US are as demonic as one could imagine. #HumanSmuggling situatio…
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RT @ADMZukunft: Today I presided at the commencement of our newest @USCG and @NOAA officers. 17 weeks ago, they were individuals – today th…
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We are anxiously awaiting Thanksgiving! HC-130 Crewmembers at U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater already celebrated with an all hands potluck this week. It got us thinking- how do you celebrate? Do you get out the plastic-ware or fine china? How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
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Way to go U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach! #BravoZulu
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#BreakingNews @USCG rescues man after 40ft boat starts sinking in San Carlos Bay, FL. Read more >>… https://t.co/ZJQhJDdTzg
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The #USCG medevaced two passengers from the cruise ship, Coral Princess, near Port Everglades, Florida. Read more h… https://t.co/3v8kHX85lf
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#TUESDAYTIPS Our U.S. Coast Guard Station Sand Key crewmembers have the right idea! The average American will consume more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day alone. Don't forget to get your "pump in" during the holiday festivities. What are you #thankful for this Thanksgiving?
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A @USCG Station Brunswick boatcrew rescued 5 kayakers, 2 adults and 3 children, after they became stranded on Jekyl… https://t.co/JNTQvWgfyb
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#Breakingnews @USCG crew members from #USCG Cutter Pelican, homeported in #StPetersburg offloaded approximately one… https://t.co/SaGkXhBlwP
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.@USCG establishes waterside security zones in vicinity of West Palm Beach waterways Tuesday. More details and spec… https://t.co/4VwfMEoDKc
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#THANKFUL Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders are thankful this week! Members in the command center are often the heroes behind the scene of a search and rescue. Did you know each year Sector St. Petersburg personnel conduct, on average, more than 2,600 rescue cases, assisting more than 7,000 people and preserving property valued at $39 million dollars.
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Salvaged Vessels Returned to Owners, USVI Operations Continue CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands — Vessel salvage operations on St. Thomas saw success with the salvaging and returning of hurricane-displaced vessels to owners this past weekend. More than 50 vessel owners have requested and been granted special consideration federal assistance, with five vessels having been salvaged in Flamingo Bay and returned to their owners at no cost. “It is a privilege to help vessel owners regain their hurricane-impacted vessel,” said Howard Forbes Sr., Director, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Environmental Enforcement Division. “We are here to help ensure the safety of the maritime environment, and being able to reunite vessel owners with their property is a huge win for us. There is no greater feeling to help a vessel owner while ensuring the safety of the environment.” All vessels salvaged by the U.S. Coast Guard working under Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized Emergency Support Function 10 authorization, are transferred to DPNR after the vessels have been removed of all potential marine pollutants. DPNR then oversees the further disposition of the vessels, including returning vessels to owners under the special consideration federal assistance. To date, more than 70 vessels have been salvaged through owner insurance, direct owner salvage or under ESF-10 operations. There are more than 250 vessels that have no identified owner or owner intent is unknown. ESF-10 operations are being conducted to address more than 400 hurricane-displaced, damaged, sunken and aground vessels. ESF-10 authorizes the removal of potential maritime pollutants and salvaging of affected vessels. Vessel owners have until December 1 to contact DPNR and declare their intentions. If owners do not have insurance or a way to self-salvage their vessel, they can request special consideration for federal assistance, or waive their rights to their vessel. Owners can contact DPNR through the Vessel Owner Notification Hotline at 340-423-6353, by email at usvidpnr@gmail.com or get more information at http://usvihurricaneboatrecovery.wordpress.com Prior to removal of any displaced vessel within the boundaries of the Caribbean National Parks, vessel owners must contact the National Park Service via email at caribbean_recovery@nps.gov
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.@USCG Station Yankeetown & @MyFWC assist 3 Gainesville, FL, boaters after boat experienced mechanical issues. Read… https://t.co/y91HNdPED0
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#BREAKING @USCG suspended their search Sunday for Fraser Horne, 63, a boater missing since Friday. More details her… https://t.co/CvH741z6t6
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#USCG and Tybee Island Fire Department rescue a 31-year-old man after his vessel capsized 1 mile south of Tybee Isl… https://t.co/H9fovaRsyS
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🍂🍁Follow us this week as we celebrate the season for giving thanks! 🍂🍁🍂 Watchstanders, crewmembers and cooks! Oh my! 🍗🍗🍗 What are you most thankful for this season? Tell us with emojis in the comments below. 👇👇👇👇👇
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#UPDATE @USCG @MyFWC and Pinellas County Marine units continue to search a 3,244 square mile search area for Frase… https://t.co/7wQb2L15i4
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RT @southcomwatch: BREAKING @USNavy deploys Undersea Rescue Command (URC) to support search for Argentinean Navy submarine A.R.A. San Juan.…
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#Update @USCG and agency partners continue to search for Fraser Horne, a 63YO Cortez native. We are saturating a 4… https://t.co/bAeDPDE5Rn
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RT @CoastGuardFound: At last night's Coast Guard Foundation Tribute to the @USCG Seventh District, the @USCGSoutheast was honored for their…
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RT @ADMZukunft: Nearly three months have passed since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Lone Star State. Irma quickly followed impactin…
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@DeborahCombs1 @USCG @MyFWC @HCSOSheriff @ManateeSheriff It was reported to the USCG this morning that a good Sam f… https://t.co/jNyJA2uBGV
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Operations Begin on St Thomas! After weeks of planning, vessel surveys, working with vessel owners and getting the correct equipment and crews staged on-scene, the first vessel in the St Thomas operating area was salvaged yesterday in Flamingo Bay off of Water Island. The sailing vessel Sea 130, was defueled, lifted from where it was entangled with other vessels after hurricane activity displaced them there. Once the vessel is deemed to be stable, it will be transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources for transfer back to the owner. The Sea 130 was lifted under a special consideration request for federal assistance from the vessel’s owner. The assistance, which is determined on a case-by-case basis, is free service to the vessel owner. Vessels raised under special consideration, will have potential pollutants removed, including fuel, oil and possibly marine batteries. Vessel removal operations continue in St Croix, with operations focused on removing potential hazards to sensitive marine habituates found in Slat River Bay and on Long Reef off of Christiansted. On St. John, vessel surveys are complete, and efforts continue in working to locate and determine vessel owners. Planning, operating permits and equipment movements are in the works. Operations will begin on island in the coming weeks. Vessel owners are reminded that they have until December 1st to notify DPNR with their intentions for their displaced vessel. All vessel owners are responsible for taking appropriate action in regards to their displaced vessel. This includes working with their insurance companies to address the vessel’s salvage; salvaging the vessel themselves; signing over ownership of their vessel to DPNR for salvage and further disposition; or request special consideration for potential federal assistance in their vessel’s salvage. All vessels that are unclaimed after December 1st will be considered abandoned and processed for salvage and appropriate disposition as deemed by DPNR. For more information, visit: http://usvihurricaneboatremoval.wordpress.com
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#ShoutoutSaturday Be sure to check out U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah's Facebook Page! They’ll keep you updated with impressive photos of helicopter operations, breathtaking rescues and spectacular sunsets!
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#UPDATE Horne's dog was found but @USCG @MyFWC @HCSOSheriff @ManateeSheriff & partner agencies continue the search… https://t.co/E25z1ChgeT
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#BREAKING @USCG @MyFWC @HCSOSheriff is searching for 'Fraser Horne', a 63YO Cortez, Florida native, and 'Two', a 9… https://t.co/liCbei1K7r
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Great Job to our Coastie crews out at U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamorada for the rescue and assistance they provided to 10 people, whose vessel was taking on water south of Islamorada. Our crews got out there and started dewatering the vessel, while they were escorting the vessel to Bud N' Mary's Marina in Islamorada. All the passengers on the recreational vessel had life jackets on and they also had a VHF radio to contact the #USCG. Well done to the Station Islamorada crew for helping get these people back safely!! #uscgboatingsafetymobileapp
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#BreakingNews @USCG Station Islamorada rescues & assists 10 ppl from a vessel taking on water south of Islamorada.… https://t.co/2vFhtsmcJk
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#BreakingNews @USCG Station Islamorada rescues & assists 10 people on a 27-ft recreational vessel taking on water s… https://t.co/hoBzxKdlgC
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#FlashbackFriday Let’s flashback to this incredible rescue! Earlier this year the Lady Vanessa, a 73-foot fishing vessel, began taking on water near St. Simons Island, Georgia with three fishermen on board. A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued the fishermen safely and brought them back to dry land. Just one of the many successful rescue missions conducted by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah this year!
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Post hurricane maritime response operations through out the U.S. Virgin Islands began off of St Croix to address direct impacts of grounded vessels on sensitive reefs and other marine habitats. The Coast Guard, opperating under ESF-10, is overseeing efforts in conjunction with the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources to identify and oversee the removal of more than 400 vessels across the islands. Vessel owners have until December 1st to notify the Coast Guard and DPNR of their intentions for their vessel. If vessels are left unclaimed after the December deadline, they will be considered abandoned and removed for maritime environment safety. Federal assistance is available for vessel owners who do not have insurance or financial means to recover a vessel they would like to have returned to them. If a vessel owner no longer wants their vessel, it can be signed over to the response, and the vessel will then be removed, cleaned and transferred to DPNR for further disposition. Vessel owners can find more information on how to contact DPNR and declare their intentions or request federal assistance at http://usvihurricaneboatremoval.wordpress.com There are almost 300 vessels that have no known owner.
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The Coast Guard Foundation dinner was held at Fort Lauderdale last night. The night was spent honoring first responders from Coast Guard District 7, particularly the ones that responded to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter Brown and Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft were featured speakers at the event. #USCG
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Today instead of pulling someone out of the water our Coasties down at Station Key West, along with personnel from the Turtle Hospital got to release Drifter, a 150-pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle into the water near Key West. Drifter was rescued from fishing line that was part of storm debris from Hurricane Irma and rehabilitated at the Turtle Hospital in Key West.
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#ThrowbackThursday Did you know U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah has been saving lives since 1963? They recently celebrated 50 years of low country life-saving! Enjoy these photos from back in the day! Please feel free to share your throwback photos!
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