Tag Archives: Air Station Clearwater

Into the Storm: The True Story of a Harrowing Ocean Rescue

The plane was cold and the engines were loud inside the cabin. Ben Cournia slipped in foam earplugs to drown out the noise. Tendrils of light were just starting to lace the morning clouds as the C-130 Hercules, gleaming white with the U.S. Coast Guard’s telltale orange bands near the cockpit and tail, climbed above Air Station Clearwater into the sky above Florida, heading south, then east. The heavy-browed Minnesotan glanced around the cabin, where guys were settling in for the three-hour flight to what had to be one of the loneliest outposts of the Coast Guard: a glorified sandbar otherwise known as Great Inagua Island, Bahamas. Their home for the last couple of weeks of September 2015. Cournia, 36 and married ten years, palmed his phone and looked at the last text from his wife: “Be safe,” she wrote. Video’s, Read the story here 15:21

66-year-old man medevaced by Coast Guard near Crystal River, Fla.

uscg-logoA crewmember aboard the F/V Miss Shannon II contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 11:29 a.m., via VHF-FM channel 16 radio reporting the man was experiencing heart attack symptoms and was in need of medical assistance. [email protected]  07:33