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Date: Dec. 08, 2012
Contact: PA1 Adam Eggers
Office: (310) 521-4260

LOS ANGELES – A memorial ceremony was held for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne at Base Los Angeles – Long Beach Saturday afternoon.

Horne, the executive petty officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, was killed while conducting maritime law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Dec. 2, 2012. He sustained fatal injuries when the small boat he was on was struck by a panga-style vessel suspected of illicit activities.

“This tragic attack also reminds us of the unique dangers the men and women of the Coast Guard face and their willingness to meet them on a moment’s notice, with great valor and selflessness,” said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“Senior Chief Horne lived the Coast Guard ethos and was an example to all.  We will forever remember him for his selfless leadership and his courage.  He made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his shipmates and the nation, just as he served others throughout his 14 year career.  Senior Chief Horne’s legacy as a shipmate, leader, and Coast Guardsman is now indelibly stamped in our service history.  And this nation is more secure because of him,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp, Jr.

The memorial ceremony was attended by an estimated 1,000 people from the law enforcement community, U.S. Coast Guard, local, state, federal government, international partners and family. The ceremony also included multiple aircraft flyovers, a three-round volley by the Coast Guard Honor Guard, music by the Coast Guard Band, and an award presentation.

Horne is survived by his wife, Rachel, and two sons, Kade and Miller.

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Memorial image Chief Boatswain’s Mate Terrell Horne, the Executive Petty Officer of CGC HALIBUT

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The below message is from Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp’s All Hands e-mail sent out on Dec. 2, 2012:

To the men and women of the :

It is with deep regret and sadness that I report the loss of Chief Boatswain’s Mate Terrell Horne, the Executive Petty Officer of CGC HALIBUT, who died early this morning from injuries sustained while conducting maritime law enforcement operations off the California coast.

Read the entire message via Loss of BMC Terrell Horne III « Coast Guard Compass.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne and son.

LOS ANGELES – Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne holds his son during a Christmas cruise onboard the Cutter Halibut, his home unit, in this undated photograph. Chief Horne, a Boatswain Mate, was killed in the early morning of Dec. 2, 2012, from injuries sustained during law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Calif. The Cutter Halibut was investigating a panga-type vessel suspected of illicit activities. When the Halibut’s small boat approached with its blue law enforcement light energized, the suspect vessel, identified to be a profile Mexican style panga, maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the small boat and struck it before fleeing the scene. U.S. photograph by Lt. Stewart Sibert


LOS ANGELES - Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, a Boatswain Mate onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut, died early in the morning of Dec. 2, 2012 from injuries sustained during law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Calif.

The Halibut was investigating a panga-type vessel suspected of illicit activities.

The cutter deployed its small boat which made an approach on the suspect vessel. When the Coast Guard small boat approached with its blue law enforcement light energized, the suspect vessel, identified to be a profile Mexican style panga, maneuvered at a high rate of speed directly towards the Coast Guard small boat and struck it before fleeing the scene.

Two Coast Guard members were thrown from the boat into the water, and both members were immediately recovered by the Coast Guard small boat. Upon recovery it appeared that Chief Horne had sustained a traumatic head injury and the other had minor injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.


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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard recovered the body of a missing 57-year-old man Sunday near Cape Lookout, N.C.

The man was last seen going underwater and not resurfacing while he was surf fishing Nov. 19 on the south end of Portsmouth Island near Morehead City.

A good Samaritan boater notified Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting finding a body in the water.

A Coast Guard Station Fort Macon boat crew recovered the body and took him to waiting emergency medical services from the Atlantic Beach Fire Department.

While en route, identification was confirmed when the man’s wallet was discovered.


Proceed carefully within   migration routes.

Date: Nov. 08, 2012
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272

WILMINGTON, N.C.  The  advises large that Operation Right Speed is in effect during the annual right whale migration in the mid-Atlantic waters from Nov. 1 to April 30.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina personnel caution boaters regulations require vessels 65-feet or greater to operate at speeds 10 knots or less in designated right whale migration routes and calving grounds.

The designated areas can be found at the Administration site at http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/staff/news/headline-rightwhale.html

The Coast Guard is working closely with with a shared goal of conserving and rehabilitating the whale’s population.

As an ocean steward and the federal government’s primary at-sea enforcement agency, the Coast Guard is responsible for conserving the endangered North Atlantic right whale. The whales are among the most depleted of all large whales worldwide with the global population being approximately 300-400.

Coast Guard efforts are largely focused on educational measures to ensure mariners are aware of these areas, followed by warnings. Civil or criminal penalties may be issued to those who violate speed restrictions in the seasonal management areas where are likely to be found.

Historical records indicate an average of two reported deaths or serious injuries to right whales occur due to ship strikes each year, but it is likely unreported incidents occur.

To report a suspected violation in the seasonal management areas, call the national hotline at 800-853-1964.

The North Atlantic right whale is protected under the U.S. and the .


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It seems someone on the ground shined a laser pointer at the plane, which is strictly illegal; and in fact, one crew member had to be rushed to a hospital.

Thankfully, he didn’t suffer any permanent damage, but his vision was impaired hours after it happened.

Many people don’t realize pointing a laser at any aircraft is a federal offense.

KIIITV3.COM has the ENTIRE story:  Laser Pointer Forces U.S. Coast Guard Jet to Land – KiiiTV3.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend.

Date: Nov. 03, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Detachment Baltimore
Office: (410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Anne Arundel County Fire assisted a 64-year-old boater aboard a 22-foot sailboat at the mouth of the Severn River Saturday.

A crewmember aboard the sailboat Joe Joe Bean contacted watchstanders at ’s command center via VHF channel 16 and Rescue 21 at approximately noon requesting a medevac for an injured crewmember suffering from a head, neck and back injury.

Sector Baltimore watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and called watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Annapolis to assist.

A crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small was launched, and crews from MNRP, County Fire and the Coast Guard Auxiliary responded to the call.

When on scene, the Coast Guard coxswain from the RBS boarded the sailboat to assess the situation.

“I originally had my crewman, Seaman Shea Kvintus, board the sailing vessel,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Whitlow, the coxswain aboard the RBS. “Crewmembers are taught basic first aid, and based on what he was relaying to me, it was clear the man needed more advanced medical care. At that point, I made the decision to take over with the aid.”

Whitlow carries a basic Emergency Medical Technician certification.

Whitlow remained aboard the sailboat, caring for the injured man, while the crew from MNRP towed the sailboat toward land.

Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary placed the RBS in side tow so Whitlow could leave his post as coxswain and board the sailing vessel.

“A crew from Anne Arundel Fire arrived on scene and ended up taking over,” said Whitlow. “I got transferred to the fireboat, and they sent their paramedic over with a backboard. Fire also took over the tow of the sailboat.”


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Missing is Robin Walbridge, 63.

Date: Oct. 31, 2012
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The continues its search Wednesday for the missing captain of the HMS Bounty approximately 145 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C.

Missing is Robin Walbridge, 63.

The Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Charleston, S.C., arrived on scene at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday and began searching for Walbridge. The crew aboard the HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., secured their searches for the night at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., searched through the night and is en route to North Carolina.

A crew aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Fla., conducted a four-hour search Wednesday morning, a Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., began a search at approximately 7:30 a.m. and a Hercules aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City will conduct a search after the Clearwater Hercules crew completes their search.

“As of now, our intent is to continue searching for the missing person,” said Capt. Doug Cameron, the chief of incident response for the Coast Guard 5th District. “This is still an active search, not a recovery effort. Factors such as fitness of the member, weather conditions, equipment and the results from previous searches are taken into consideration to determine how long the Coast Guard will search.”

The Coast Guard is searching an area approximately 1,500 square nautical miles.

The water temperature is 77 degrees, air temperature is 64 degrees, seas are 12 feet, and the winds are 30 mph.


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A preventable death.

Date: Oct. 28, 2012
Sector Long Island Sound PAO
Contact: Lt. Jeff Janaro
Office: (203) 468-4455

MILFORD, Conn. The strongly urges surfers, kayakers and boarders to heed warnings to stay off the water, following a search for a missing kayaker south of Charles Island near Milford, Conn., today.

The missing man, 23-year-old Jett Kumweide, and his partner left Milford this morning on their kayaks.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Kumweide’s kayaking partner, contacted Coast Guard Station New Haven, Conn., that he witnessed his friend fall out of his kayak and go under water just south of Charles Island.  He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and jeans.

An Mh-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. and a 45-foot rescue boatcrew from Station New Haven are searching for the man, who was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.

Milford Fire and Police departments, along with Fairfield Police department, are also searching.

“We are actively searching for the missing kayaker along with our partner agencies and are hopeful to find him before the weather conditions significantly deteriorate” said Lt. Jeff Janaro, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard.

His partner was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia.

The Coast Guard’s capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen.  This means help could be delayed.  That is why boaters and beach goers should heed to weather watches, warnings and advisories.


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Date: Oct. 27, 2012
Office: (305) 965-4672

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 44-year-old man and his 8-year-old son were rescued by the Coast Guard after struggling to get back onto their in the vicinity of Vinoy Park, Saturday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center received a 911 transfer at approximately 1 p.m., reporting that two male paddleboarders had entered the water and were struggling to get back aboard.

The reporting source indicated that he observed the father and son approximately 500 yards offshore waiving their hands because they were unable to get closer to land.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew was launched from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg and was able to safely recover both the paddleboards and bring them back to Vinoy Marina.

No injuries were reported.

“Both the father and son were wearing their ,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Ronnie Leavell, a controller at the sector. “The Coast Guard wants to remind boaters as well as people enjoying small recreational crafts the importance of wearing their . Wearing your life jacket significantly increases your chance of in an emergency situation.”


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