US Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard patrols EEZ in partnership with Samoa

The surveillance activity carried out throughout last month was aimed at protecting fisheries and other natural resources.

The Juniper and Joseph Gerczak crews helped fill the operational presence needed to deter illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing while Samoa’s Nafanua II patrol boat is down.

“We always look forward to assisting our partners in the region,” said Cmdr. Jeff Bryant, the 14th District’s chief of enforcement.

18 rescued from breakaway floating ice sheet

The group were riding snow mobiles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the frozen lake when the ice sheet broke away near Catawba Island.

Eleven members of the stranded group were rescued by a US Coast Guard helicopter and airboat on Sunday.

Authorities thanked a "good Samaritan" who assisted the remaining seven back to safety in a private airboat.

The group was spotted on the floating sheet of ice by a US Coast Guard helicopter which began its rescue at 13:00 (18:00 GMT) on Sunday.

VIDEO: Search continues for missing boys

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos have not been seen since they went boating over the weekend.

The search for the boys is being conducted by land, sea and air.

Lieutenant Janelle Setta of the US Coast Guard piloted a C-130 aircraft that took part in the search on Tuesday.