U.S. Coast Guard News

Records: Boat on Which 34 Died Exempt From Safety Rules

LOS ANGELES — The diving boat that caught fire on Labor Day off Southern California, killing 34 people, was among hundreds of small vessels exempted by the U.S. Coast Guard from stricter safety rules designed to make it easier for …

NTSB: Coast Guard Ignored Duck Boat Safety Proposals

ST. LOUIS — Federal transportation safety investigators criticized the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday for ignoring suggestions over nearly two decades to improve tourist duck boats, changes they say might have prevented last year’s Missouri accident that killed 17 people. The …

How to Sink the Pirates Plaguing West Africa: Viewpoint

Remember those Somali pirates? Earlier this decade, they brazenly hijacked giant oil tankers, demanded ransoms in the millions of dollars, and gave Tom Hanks yet another chance to play the everyman overcoming a life-defining crisis. Now, thanks to a multinational …

Mississippi River Reaches Record Level in Northern Illinois

The Mississippi River has reached record high levels in the area of Rock Island, Illinois, as melting heavy snowpack coupled with rain has caused widespread flooding, a national hydrologist said on Friday. Heavy rain in the central United States brought …