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Coast Guard responds to collision near Paducah
09/03/2015 01:10 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. – The Coast Guard is responding to a towboat collision on the Mississippi River near Paducah, Ky.,Wednesday.

The collision caused damage to a barge containing clarified slurry oil, reportedly discharging an unknown amount.

The barge reportedly has a maximum potential of 1.05 million gallons of clarified slurry oil. The Coast Guard is working with the barge owner and SWS, an oil spill response organization, to determine the amount of slurry oil that has been discharged.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders received a call about a collision between two towboats at mile marker 937 at 8:22 p.m. local time.

The incident is under investigation.

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Coast Guard aids adrift pleasure craft 45 miles from Block Island
09/02/2015 11:52 PM EDT

BOSTON — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead and a 45-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Castle Hill, R.I. rescued three people aboard a disabled boat 45 miles southeast of Block Island, R.I.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center, in Woods Hole, received a call via VHF-16 radio from the captain of the vessel Blitzen Wednesday at approximately 4:15 p.m. stating the vessel was having engine problems, and they were disabled and adrift.

Search and rescue coordinators at Sector Southeastern New England command center issued a marine assistance request broadcast soliciting assistance for Blitzen from a good Samaritan or a commercial salvage company. After the request went unanswered the command center diverted the crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead to assist.

At approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead took the Blitzen in tow.

The crew of the Hammerhead is scheduled to pass the tow to a 45-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Castle Hill early Thursday morning. If commercial salvage is still unavailable, the crew of the 45-foot Motor Life Boat is expected to bring the Blitzen to Conanicut Marina in Jamestown, R.I.

“The Blitzen crew hailed us on Channel 16,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Richardson, a watchstander at Sector Southeastern New England. “A working VHF radio was the key to finding them quickly and communicating the towing plan for a safe journey back to Jamestown.”

Sector Southeastern New England’s area of responsibility is from Manomet Point in Massachusetts to Watch Hill Point in Rhode Island.

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Unified Command responds to sinking vessel, oil spill in Sitka, Alaska
09/02/2015 10:31 PM EDT

Boom surrounds the sunken vessel Pacific Venture near The Twins, Sitka, Alaska, Sept. 2, 2015. A unified command consisting of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, National Park Service and the vessel’s owner are working with Sitka City officials to clean up fuel from the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lewis Beck)
Boom surrounds the sunken vessel Pacific Venture near The Twins, Sitka, Alaska, Sept. 2, 2015. A unified command consisting of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, National Park Service and the vessel’s owner are working with Sitka City officials to clean up fuel from the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lewis Beck.

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Unified Command has been formed to respond to a vessel sinking and resultant 10-30 gallon oil spill in Sitka, Alaska.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, National Park Service and the vessel’s owner are working with Sitka City officials to clean up the spill.

The fishing vessel Pacific Venture, a 58-foot seiner, ran aground Tuesday evening and subsequently rolled over around 2 a.m. Wednesday, sinking in approximately 25 feet of water. The incident occurred in vicinity of The Twins, roughly ½ mile off the mouth of the Indian River in Sitka.

The vessel owner reports 600 gallons of diesel fuel and 70 gallons of hydraulic and lube oils were on board. Approximately 10-30 gallons of oil were released into the water.

Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization (SEAPRO) and local responders began deploying boom around the vessel at noon Wednesday. Boom deployment was complete by 3 p.m. The Pacific Venture is currently secured to shore by a line to keep it from drifting. Salvage operations are pending. No injuries have been reported, and to date there have been no confirmed reports of impacts to wildlife.

“Responders are working diligently to minimize the impact on the environment and the community,” said Bob Mattson, State On Scene Coordinator. “Federal, state and local partners continue to work alongside one another for an effective response.”

The cause of the grounding is currently under investigation.

Weather on scene is generally sunny, northwest wind of 8-13 knots, seas 1 foot.

For more information contact:

U.S. Coast Guard
Lieutenant Jennifer Ferreira
907-463-2835

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Candice Bressler
907-465-5009

City of Sitka
Sara Peterson
907-747-1811

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VIDEO, PHOTO AVAILABLE: Coast Guard tows 2 boats after Atlantic City Airshow
09/02/2015 08:39 PM EDT

A Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., 47-foot Motor Lifeboat boat crew tows a boat Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The boat was taking on water with inoperable bilge pumps near the Absecon Inlet following the 2015 Atlantic City Airshow. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen)
A Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., 47-foot Motor Lifeboat boat crew tows a boat Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. The boat was taking on water with inoperable bilge pumps near the Absecon Inlet following the 2015 Atlantic City Airshow. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen)

Video is available on DVIDS

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard towed two boats to safety Wednesday at the conclusion of the Atlantic City Airshow.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City used two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats to tow the boats to the vicinity of the Farley State Marina.

The first case was a disabled 16-foot pleasure craft with two men aboard. The boat was disabled near the Absecon Inlet and started drifting toward the jetty.

The second case, also near the Absecon Inlet, was a boat taking on water with inoperable bilge pumps.

“The boat crew took immediate action,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Emily Fluharty, a boat crewmember on the first case. “It set off a lot of adrenaline right away. I think we’re trained very well to handle these kinds of situations. We acted quickly, safely and efficiently and we pulled them away from the jetty without any issues.”

The Station Atlantic City boat crews spent the day enforcing a safety zone for the Atlantic City Airshow along with boat crews from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the New Jersey State Police Marine Division, the Ocean City Police Department and the Avalon Fire Department.

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Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) Releases Security Updates for BIND

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National Cyber Awareness System:

Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) Releases Security Updates for BIND
09/02/2015 08:15 PM EDT

Original release date: September 02, 2015
ISC has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in BIND. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial-of-service condition.

Available updates include:

  • BIND 9 version 9.9.7-P3
  • BIND 9 version 9.10.2-P4

Users and administrators are encouraged to review ISC Knowledge Base Articles AA-01291 and AA-01287 and apply the necessary updates.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Newsroom Update

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Border Patrol agents halt effort to smuggle more than a half million dollars in marijuana
09/02/2015 04:49 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. – During two smuggling attempts Tuesday, Border Patrol agents seized $652,500 worth of marijuana and arrested one U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle two illegal immigrants around the Wellton Station checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of…

Agents Nab Half a Million Dollars of Narcotics on I-5
09/02/2015 04:37 PM EDT

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 5 intercepted a shuttle driver yesterday who had bundles of methamphetamine and cocaine stashed on top of his van. At approximately 4 p.m., Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 5…

NEXUS Mobile Team Draws Rochester Residents
09/02/2015 03:13 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The NEXUS mobile enrollment team visited the Greater Rochester International Airport on August 27 and 28, affording area residents a convenient opportunity to complete the sign-up process in their home town. More than 250…

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Border Patrol agents halt effort to smuggle more than a half million dollars in marijuana
09/02/2015 04:49 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. – During two smuggling attempts Tuesday, Border Patrol agents seized $652,500 worth of marijuana and arrested one U.S. citizen attempting to smuggle two illegal immigrants around the Wellton Station checkpoint on Interstate 8 east of…

Agents Nab Half a Million Dollars of Narcotics on I-5
09/02/2015 04:37 PM EDT

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 5 intercepted a shuttle driver yesterday who had bundles of methamphetamine and cocaine stashed on top of his van. At approximately 4 p.m., Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 5…

NEXUS Mobile Team Draws Rochester Residents
09/02/2015 03:13 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The NEXUS mobile enrollment team visited the Greater Rochester International Airport on August 27 and 28, affording area residents a convenient opportunity to complete the sign-up process in their home town. More than 250…

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