Video: Chinese Chopper Arrives @ Antarctica

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Word from Antarctica: The passengers are all safely off the Akademik Shokalskiy, stuck in the ice since Christmas Eve. They were first airlifted to a Chinese icebreaker, and then taken by barge to an Australian icebreaker. Here’s video from an…

Berkeley Party Boat Rescue

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Coast Guard members from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, Calif., assisted a 58-year-old man aboard the charter fishing vessel El Dorado III near the Farallon Islands Sunday, December 29, 2013. At approximately 10:30 a.m., Station Golden Gate received…

Video: USCG Top Ten

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The Coasties are having their annual vote for best video – some of which are actually entertaining. We’ll post five today, another five tomorrow. Click anywhere on each image to get to youtube:

3 Face Felony Fish Poaching Charges

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested three members of a Sacramento family of three in mid-December for allegedly illegally selling sport-caught fish from the Delta. Luan Van Dao, 51, his wife Mung Thi Bui, 49, and their…

Video: Antarctic Helicopter Stomp

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After three failed attempts by icebreakers to reach their ship, the 52 passengers on board the Russian research ship stuck in the Antarctic ice are now waiting for helicopter rescue. The 22 crew members will stay behind, at least for…

Bay Bridge “Safe” At Last

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Workers finished up work on the permanent fix for those bolts that sheared off the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge earlier this month. It cost about $25 million, twice the estimate, but what the heck: the illusion of…

Video: Bay Area Tides

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It’s time once again for the “King Tides” to sweep through the Bay Area. (“King Tides” is a phrase coined in Australia to describe the periodic minus tides that occur when the moon and sun line up just right with…

Cal Maritime Extends Deadline For Two Majors

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The California Maritime Academy has extended the Fall 2014 application deadlines for two majors – International Business and Logistics and Global Studies & Maritime Affairs. No word when applications will be closed – sounds as if when the spaces fill…

Bay Area Ship Sleep-Aboards

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London’s Natural History Museum is hosting a series of sleepovers for adults – it’s called “Dino Snore”, and museum officials say they decided to do it because so many people whined they couldn’t attend the “kids sleepover” nights. Ahem. There…

New Survey: Life Better Near Ocean

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Life is better closer to the ocean, according to a new Field Poll. At least in California. 74% of people responding to the poll who live in Coastal counties said California is either one of the best places to live,…

Sims Metal Agrees To Redwood City Demands

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Sims Metal Management has agreed to 24×7 staffing at its plant at the Port of Redwood City. The demand for the increased staffing came after two fires at Sims in past months. At the time of the fires Sims overnight…