Coast Guard

This abandoned tug is one of several items to be pulled from the water during an upcoming Estuary cleanup. Photo courtesy of CalRecycle.

Brock de Lappe points to a distant corner of the Oakland/Alameda Estuary, on the edge of one’s line of vision from his perch at the Alameda Marina. It’s a spot he said is covered with trash and littered with sunken boats.

But a state agency is finalizing a $1.3 million grant that could help clear the Estuary of some of those abandoned hazards.

Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf were greeted by family and friends in Alameda this Veteran's Day upon their return from a 144-day deployment. The cutter set out for Hawaii on June 20 to participate in Rim of the Pacific 2012, which the Coast Guard billed in a press release as "the world’s largest naval exercise." In addition to participating in the exercise, the Bertholf, which was the Coast Guard's first national security cutter, conducted community outreach and some enforcement activities.

Photo by Jack Boeger.

Some 600 East End elementary school students were treated to a search and rescue demonstration Wednesday that was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard on the border of Bay Farm and the main Island. Students watched a simulated rescue of someone in the water, who was brought into an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter by a Coast Guard crew.

Updated at 6:47 a.m. Monday, April 2

A pair of sailors who were injured when their yacht was hit by a wave during an around-the-world sailing race were being cared for on the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf on Sunday.

A San Diego-based crew operating on the 418-foot national security cutter brought the injured sailors aboard the Alameda-based vessel via rescue boat about 250 miles off the coast of San Francisco, a Coast Guard release on the incident issued late Sunday night says. The Coast Guard identified them as Jane Hitchens, 50, and Nik Brbora, 29.

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First Lady Michelle Obama paid Alameda a visit this blustery Saturday morning to take part in a commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dorothy Stratton that officially put the ship into service.

“Please know that you all inspire me every day. No matter what this country asks of you, you always answer the call,” Mrs. Obama told the Dorothy Stratton’s crew as they awaited orders to board the ship.