March 5, 2014 7:48 PM
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA- The Coast Guard seized $122-million worth of cocaine, nearly four tons, in nine operations of the coast of Central America. The cocaine was unloaded this week to be used as evidence. The seizures happened between October and late January in international waters off Guatemala, Panama and Colombia.... more »
February 24, 2014 7:47 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is still closed Monday morning due to an oil spill.
Crews are working to clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles... more »
February 23, 2014 5:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River is closed until further notice while crews clean up oil from a barge that hit a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The collision happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie , 47 miles west of New... more »
December 21, 2013 6:03 PM
PENSACOLA - A Louisiana man died after a 12-foot boat capsized in the waters off Pensacola. The Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say Brent Wilson of Pensacola and Brent Keller of Metairie, La., floated for hours after waves inundated their boat Thursday. Lt. Doug Berryman... more »
November 20, 2013 8:02 AM
DANIA BEACH, Fla. - Coast Guard officials say search and rescue efforts continue for two people who were aboard a jet en route to Mexico that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.
Two people have been confirmed dead. The Coast Guard said early Wednesday that crews were searching... more »
November 12, 2013 8:11 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard has given up its search for a missing crewman.
The man went overboard in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday about 60 miles southwest of Port Fourchon from the Dustin Danos, operated by Raceland-based Gulf Offshore Logistics.
The Coast Guard says it stopped... more »
November 11, 2013 5:54 PM
GONZALES- Hundreds showed up at Ascension's Veteran's Memorial Park today to honor the men and women who fight for America's freedom.
It was the largest annual gathering at the park, which featured more than 150 school choir members and service men and women from every branch.
"I appreciate... more »
November 10, 2013 2:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The search continues as the Coast Guard and a supply boat crew looks to find a missing crew member.
60 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, a man went overboard in the Gulf of Mexico by the Dustin Danos driven by Raceland-based Gulf Offshore Logistics on Saturday.
... more »
October 29, 2013 9:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Divers have found the body of a missing oil platform worker at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, near the platform that sits in 100 feet of water about 55 miles offshore. The body, recovered Tuesday, is believed to be that of 38-year-old Peter Voces, a... more »
October 28, 2013 12:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard and other offshore vessels are looking for man who went missing from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.
The Coast Guard said 38-year-old Peter Voces was last seen wearing an orange work vest, jeans and a brown shirt when he... more »
October 9, 2013 12:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The pilot of a helicopter which crashed after lifting off from a Gulf production platform died in the incident, according to the company which operates the platform.
Bobbie Ireland, Director of Corporate Communications Americas for Woodgroup, said the contracted helicopter was picking up three Woodgroup employees... more »
July 23, 2013 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Wild well experts are expected to arrive soon at the site of a natural gas well blowing out of control in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast. Hercules Offshore Inc. operated the drilling rig where the blowout occurred. Jim Noe, a Hercules executive, said Tuesday evening... more »
July 9, 2013 3:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard said Tuesday natural gas is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, and a four by three-quarter mile sheen has developed in the water after an incident at a well site.
Workers on an oil and natural gas production platform about 74-miles southwest of Port... more »
July 9, 2013 11:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says it has closed a section of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans so a tugboat that sank over the weekend can be salvaged. Spokesman Jonathan Lally says the river was closed around 6 a.m. Tuesday from mile marker 7.3 to mile marker... more »
July 2, 2013 11:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A new Coast Guard official has been assigned to coordinate the federal government's cleanup efforts following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that Capt. Thomas Sparks has taken over as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident... more »
June 16, 2013 4:30 PM
GRAND ISLE, La. - The Coast Guard is searching for a diver missing 55 miles off Grand Isle. Petty Officer Carlos Vega says the search began Saturday afternoon for 56-year-old Tim Raines, whose home town Vega does not know. He says the boat "Early Life Crisis" was moored to an... more »
May 14, 2013 8:57 PM
BRUSLY- A man, possibly naked, is apparently playing a bizarre game of hide-and-seek with authorities on the Mississippi River.
Sources tell WBRZ News 2, the U.S. Coast Guard was called after deputies in East Baton Rouge asked for help locating a missing boater earlier Tuesday. Deputies were trying to... more »
April 25, 2013 11:43 AM
MOBILE, Ala. - A crew that was cleaning fuel barges in Mobile Bay likely caused a spark the triggered an explosion and critically burned three workers. The explosion happened Wednesday night and it was extinguished Thursday morning. Coast Guard Lt. Mike Clausen says the investigation is continuing, but the spark... more »
March 11, 2013 11:47 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Coast Guard said they found no oil at the site of a reported spill near Plaquemine.
Commander Quincy Davis said they were told Saturday an oil spill was spotted about 10 miles south of the Port Allen Locks. He also said the person who reported it... more »
February 28, 2013 6:38 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a wellhead damaged earlier this week off Plaquemines Parish has been secured. Ensign Tanner Stiehl says Wild Well Control crews secured the well shortly after a specialized barge arrived Thursday in Lake Grande Ecaille Bay, nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur. The wellhead... more »
February 27, 2013 10:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A crewboat struck an inactive wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico overnight, causing it to spew a mixture of oil and water according to the U. S. Coast Guard.
They reported the vessel hit the wellhead, which is owned by Swift Energy, around 8 p.m. Tuesday.... more »
February 18, 2013 2:07 PM
MOBILE, Ala.- A leak in a fuel engine return line is to blame for a fire on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, that's according to the Coast Guard.
The fire paralyzed the ship, leaving it adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until tugboats towed it to Mobile.
It... more »
February 15, 2013 10:48 AM
BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard says a collision between two barges spilled less than 400 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. No injuries were reported after one of the barges struck another that was offloading fuel at a transfer station Thursday night.... more »
February 14, 2013 2:42 PM
MOBILE, Ala.- A disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico is moving again toward the Alabama shore, after a towline broke and delayed the ship's slow journey, that's according to Coast Guard officials.
A new tugboat has been secured, allowing the Carnival Triumph to continue its way to... more »
January 31, 2013 2:49 AM
JACKSON, Miss. - Vessels are moving cautiously through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge is leaking oil as the Coast Guard tries to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation's vital commerce routes. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski says officials are allowing northbound... more »
January 28, 2013 8:49 AM
JACKSON, Miss.- The Coast Guard says a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed to barge and ship traffic as cleanup crews with booms work to remove an oily sheen near Vicksburg after a barge with 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge last weekend. Coast Guard... more »
January 23, 2013 6:19 PM
BAYOU SORREL - On January 3, 2013, a pipeline burst spilling over 100 barrels of crude oil into the Frog Lake area of Bayou Sorrel.
Firefighters and Hazmat crews initiated a controlled burn last Saturday, which was unsuccessful. After a helicopter flyover this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed... more »
January 23, 2013 3:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Cost Guard said a stranded hunter used all the right survival skills to get spotted and rescued today after his boat sank in St. Charles Parish.
The Coast Guard spotted a brush fire the hunter used to signal them while they searched Bayou... more »
January 23, 2013 10:43 AM
BAYOU SORREL - The U.S. Coast Guard reported last week a pipeline burst into the Frog Lake area of Bayou Sorrel.
Firefighters and Hazmat crews initiated a controlled burn last Saturday, which was unsuccessful.
Today, in a flyover of the spill area, the USCG learned the spill may... more »
January 18, 2013 9:53 PM
BAYOU SORREL- The Coast Guard will perform a controlled burn after 5,000 gallons of oil leaked from a pipeline in Iberville Parish.
The burn will happen Saturday.
The leak was reported on January 9th at the Frog Lake Bayou Sorrel facility, owned by ORB Exploration. 1,750 gallons have... more »
January 18, 2013 11:54 AM
LAPLACE - The Coast Guard says a tug boat carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of lube oil sank in the Mississippi River near LaPlace. Petty Officer Alex Washington tells The Times-Picayune no one was on the vessel at the time and no injuries were reported.
Washington... more »
January 4, 2013 10:57 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says it airlifted a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the stormy Gulf of Mexico to shore in Louisiana. The Coast Guard said officials were called early Thursday about a husband and wife aboard a 64-foot sailboat bound for Houston from Cozumel, Mexico.... more »
January 1, 2013 11:26 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An overnight Coast Guard flight over an Alaska drilling rig that ran aground in shallow water on New Year's Eve found no signs of a fuel spill. But officials at a unified command center run by the Coast Guard, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, state responders and others... more »
January 1, 2013 8:17 AM
The Coast Guard intends to fly out early today to a small uninhabited island in the Gulf of Alaska to plan a salvage operation for a grounded drilling rig that broke loose from a tow in a North Pacific storm.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC's Kulluk is carrying 150,000 gallons... more »
November 22, 2012 2:39 PM
LOCKPORT- Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered its fourth, fast response cutter to the U-S Coast Guard. Chris Bollinger, executive vice president of new construction, says the vessel is named after Coast Guard Engineman First Class Robert J. Yered, who exhibited gallantry in action while engaged in military operations with an... more »
November 16, 2012 9:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- Four victims of a oil platform explosion are at a burn unit, getting treatment.
The victims were transferred to Baton Rouge General Mid City from a hospital in the New Orleans area Friday evening. The hospital cannot comment specifically on the patients' injuries or care.
But,... more »
November 16, 2012 10:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard said they are continuing to search for two missing oil platform workers after a cutting torch caused an explosion and fire this morning.
Capt. Ed Cubanski told reporters at the noon briefing there were no confirmed deaths. Emergency managers had erroneously reported two... more »
October 17, 2012 3:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing 26-year-old Turkish crewmember approximately 230 miles south of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials say the second mate was last seen walking the deck of the Aqua, a Maltese-flagged 816-foot tanker vessel, Tuesday night wearing a green... more »
October 12, 2012 10:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Crews will use remotely operated vehicles to get a look at the Deepwater Horizon wreckage, and hopefully pinpoint the source of a new oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico.
This week, the sheen was connected to the BP spill in 2010. The ROV is expected to... more »
October 11, 2012 8:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says an oil sheen near the site of the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the 2010 disaster.
The Coast Guard says its tests established the oil came from the BP well. It could be left over from... more »
October 2, 2012 1:26 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC and the Coast Guard were excoriated Tuesday by Louisiana's Republican U.S. senator who charged the oil giant was trying to "run away from its full cleanup responsibilities" two years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill and that federal regulators are "too cozy" with BP.... more »
September 19, 2012 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- This year your going to the ballot box can mean more than just a vote thanks to the new "Honor Vets" program instated by the Secretary of State.
The program aims to encourage voters to go to the polls in honor of the men and women who... more »
September 14, 2012 5:04 PM
GRAND ISLE - The Coast Guard suspended the search today for a kayaker who didn't return from a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle.
Lt. Matt Kor said Eric Richards, 32, of Prairieville left on the trip Monday morning. They were notified Tuesday night he... more »
September 12, 2012 12:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing kayaker in a more than 600-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle. Eric Richards, 32, of Prarieville went fishing Monday and was reported missing about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard says that after Richards didn't... more »
August 20, 2012 3:55 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The U.S. Coast Guard says 97 boats and barges are waiting for passage along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near... more »
May 29, 2012 5:32 PM
VENICE- Coast Guard crews from South Louisiana are working a platform fire about 20 miles off Louisiana's shoreline.
One tank caught fire this morning on a platform owned by Energy XXI. Seven people were on the platform when the fire started; all were evacuated but one person was injured.... more »
May 28, 2012 5:07 PM
GRAND ISLE - A Coast Guard spokesperson confirmed to News 2 a helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this afternoon.
Petty Officer Steve Lehman said at 4:13 p.m. they received a report of a downed PHI helicopter with only one person on board.
Lehman said the... more »
March 2, 2012 6:34 AM
MOBILE, Ala. - U.S. Coast Guard officials say they've recovered the bodies of two crewmen who had been missing since a helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay in Alabama. Authorities say searchers recovered the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor of Snow Hill, N.C.; and Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron of Portland,... more »
February 29, 2012 3:40 AM
MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S. Coast Guard says one crewmember is dead and three others remain missing following a helicopter crash in Alabama during a training mission. Spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth Bordelon says an MH-65C helicopter crashed Tuesday evening in Mobile Bay, near Point Clear, Ala. The Coast... more »
February 21, 2012 7:51 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says a tank barge involved in a collision on the Mississippi River has been emptied and moved to a repair facility in Westwego. The Coast Guard estimates that less than 10,000 gallons of oil spilled into the river after the barge pushed by the... more »
November 7, 2011 4:54 PM
JEANERETTE - Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette has a $192 million contract to replace the Coast Guard's fleet of small port security boats. The company will build up to 500 of the boats, which are about 28 feet long, for the Coast Guard, president and co-owner Chris Allard said... more »
October 17, 2011 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE-- The Mississippi River is nearly 20 feet below flood stage, in stark contrast with the swollen behemoth it was in May-- nearly ten feet above flood stage.
That's because a drought in the mid west means land north of Baton Rouge has soaked up much of the... more »
September 15, 2011 4:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Coast Guard says an oil leak from an abandoned wellhead in Bayou Dupont in Jefferson Parish is under control. On Thursday, officials said about 1,470 gallons of oil had been recovered. The Coast Guard says boom has been placed in the water to contain the... more »
September 2, 2011 12:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Firefighting efforts at a large marsh fire and oil cleanup operations were suspended in south Louisiana and the Gulf today because of the approaching tropical depression.
Governor Bobby Jindal said today that the National Guard and Coast Guard had stopped their work because of the threat... more »
August 11, 2011 2:38 AM
SAN DIEGO- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued the crew of a Marine Corps fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. A Coast Guard spokesman says the two Marines were plucked from the water by a rescue swimmer lowered by helicopter at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday,... more »
July 22, 2011 1:24 PM
APRA HARBOR, Guam - Six children and nine adults are safe after their overdue boat was spotted on an uninhabited island in the Federated States of Micronesia.
The Coast Guard and Navy began searching for the boat Wednesday after transportation officials in the Micronesian state of Chuuk told the... more »
June 28, 2011 4:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS- A Coast Guard captain who worked on the BP oil spill disaster is taking over the command of the Coast Guard sector in New Orleans. Capt. W. Gautier took over the job Monday from Capt. Edwin M. Stanton at a change-of-command ceremony. The Coast Guard says Stanton is... more »
June 9, 2011 5:59 AM
The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year says a Coast Guard report that faults the company for a poor safety culture and other shortcomings that preceded the disaster is full of errors. Transocean said in a 112-page response submitted Wednesday to the... more »
May 25, 2011 3:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Coast Guard continues to keep a close eye on a section of the Mississippi River where three barges sank last week.
Workers are patrolling the river with boats, and requiring barges coming around a curve near "Southern University" to have assistance from special tow boats.... more »
May 23, 2011 2:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Coast Guard said today that they reopened a portion of the Mississippi River near Baton Rogue to northbound traffic, after determining three barges that sank last week don't pose a threat to those vessels.
A nine-mile stretch of the river was closed Friday when several... more »
May 23, 2011 9:18 AM
BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard may partially reopen a nine-mile segment of the Mississippi River to barge traffic as it reviews a plan to remove three barges that sank in the waterway in Baton Rouge last week. Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann said the Coast Guard expects to allow northbound traffic... more »
May 23, 2011 3:40 AM
BATON ROUGE- A nine-mile stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed while the Coast Guard settles on a plan to remove three barges that sank in the waterway that is bulging with floodwaters from upriver.
Roman Blahoski, a spokesman for the Archer Daniels Midland Co., says the company has... more »
May 22, 2011 2:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - A five-mile stretch of the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge remained closed Saturday, a day after an accident on the high, fast-moving waterway resulted in the sinking of three barges.
The river was closed while officials assessed whether the barges posed a navigation hazard. The Coast... more »
May 20, 2011 12:37 PM
NATCHEZ, Miss. - Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp is touring parts of the flooded Mississippi River and is being briefed on efforts to control ship traffic on the river.
Papp met Friday morning with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Greenbrier, along the flooded river near the Natchez... more »
May 12, 2011 7:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- Traffic on the Mississippi River is one way only, as current strengths have more than doubled.
Southbound traffic has to be escorted by boats that help them align so the current does not push them into a bridge. Only when boats headed toward New Orleans have passed... more »
April 30, 2011 11:19 AM
DULAC - Four men have been rescued by the Coast Guard following the sinking of their fishing boat in Terrebonne Bay near Dulac. The Coast Guard says the 77-foot Captain Andre sank around 4:20 a.m. Saturday. A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the men and brought them to Belle Chasse. All... more »
April 22, 2011 3:37 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Coast Guard probe of the Deepwater Horizon explosion has concluded that rig owner Transocean had serious flaws in its safety management system and a poor safety culture that contributed to the disaster.
Friday's report also found that lax oversight by the rig's flag state, the... more »
April 1, 2011 11:46 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The commander of the New Orleans-based Coast Guard District says the BP oil spill sparked an "evolution of crisis response."
Rear Adm. Mary Landry told an advocacy group the Coast Guard won't let up on cleanup efforts along the coast.
Landry served as Federal On Scene... more »
March 23, 2011 6:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Houston company is helping the Coast Guard clean up oil that has reached the shores of Louisiana even though the company doesn't believe it was responsible for the spill.
A statement issued Wednesday by Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners says the company was surprised to learn that... more »
February 11, 2011 5:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says the cleanup of oiled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico has reached a point where crews, heavy equipment and thorough scrubbing can cause more damage to the ecosystem than leaving what oil is left alone.
A Coast Guard report released Friday says... more »
January 6, 2011 10:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A presidential panel concludes that disasters like the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig could happen again without significant reform. The panel's conclusions have companies involved in the nation's largest offshore oil spill pointing fingers at each other again. A 48-page excerpt of the panel's report obtained... more »
December 13, 2010 6:49 PM
WHITE LAKE - The Coast Guard is searching for a 49-year-old fishing boat master about 3 miles offshore from the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The fisherman was the master of the 85-foot Miss Carol. The Coast Guard says the master was last seen at about 12 a.m.... more »
December 3, 2010 10:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Coast Guard has scheduled an extra two-hour search this afternoon for James de Brueys after it was called off yesterday, according to his sister Simone de Brueys.
Simone told News 2 the Coast Guard scheduled the search after e-mails from friends of James flooded Senator... more »
December 1, 2010 11:30 AM
JEAN LAFITTE, LA. (AP) - Three men were burned in an explosion and fire on a workover rig south of New Orleans. All three apparently are going to Baton Rouge General Medical Center's burn unit. They went first to West Jefferson Medical Center. Spokeswoman Taslin Alfonzo says one was going... more »
November 21, 2010 9:57 AM
WASHINGTON D.C.- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he supports Congress using its lame-duck session to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military.
Adm. Mike Mullen says he backs action before the new Congress in January - if that's what it takes to... more »
October 11, 2010 5:33 PM
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said local officials continue to regularly fight with U.S. Coast Guard officials and BP representatives about the response to the Gulf oil spill. Nungesser said oil continues to appear in the marshland and on the shores of his parish. However, Nungesser said Monday he's concerned... more »
October 6, 2010 5:27 PM
A Coast Guard official tells The Associated Press that the 300-ton device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill has not been analyzed a month after it was raised from the seafloor. NASA says the blowout preventer is on shore and at its facility in New... more »