The Coast Guard is leading an undersea effort to check the site of BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The well was sealed three months after the explosion in 2010, but a new oil slick has surfaced.
The Coast Guard is overseeing efforts under way to find the source of an oil sheen near BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company and federal scientists suspect it came from debris on the sea floor.
The Coast Guard has rescued two men who were aboard an airplane that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico.
Theodore Wright and Raymond Fosdick, both of Baytown, Texas, were located in the water Thursday after their airplane went down about 28 miles east of South Pass. Wright declined medical attention, while Fosdick was taken to New Orleans area hospital.
The Coast Guard says the men were flying from Baytown to Sarasota, Fla. The cause is under investigation.
The Coast Guard is searching for a missing kayaker in a more than 600-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle.
Eric Richards, 32, went fishing Monday and was reported missing about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard says that after Richards didn't show up at work on Tuesday, a co-worker went to a boat launch on Grand Isle and found his vehicle.
Cmdr. Russ Bowen, coordinator for the search, says two helicopters, two airplanes, a Coast Guard cutter, a 45-foot boat and a shallow-water craft are looking for Richards.
The Coast Guard is searching the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida-Alabama state line for a man who failed to return home from a water-scooter trip as then-Tropical Storm Isaac was approaching the coast.
Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the search began after the man's wife called the Pensacola station about 8:45 p.m. Monday. It resumed at dawn Tuesday.
He didn't have any details about the man.
He says a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter started the search, but the plane had to return — and winds were likely to get too rough for the helicopter.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is asking the Coast Guard to force BP PLC to clean up oil and equipment used in the response buried in the waters and mud along the coast.
In a letter, Landrieu asked the Coast Guard to figure out where oil remains along the coast — both in remote marshes and under the water along the coast — and to make sure large mats of buried oil from the 2010 BP spill are removed.
State officials say there are methods for removing the mats of oil but the Coast Guard has not said whether it will require BP to remove them.