13th Coast Guard District
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Seattle, WA 98174
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Welcome to the
U.S. Coast Guard Thirteenth District

Seattle, WA

We, the men and women of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, provide critical maritime services within the Pacific Northwest. Our missions - maritime security, safety, and national defense - require superior professionalism, devotion to excellence and the highest standards of integrity. We pride ourselves in treating others with respect and dignity, facilitating partnerships with local, state and national agencies, and being innovative in our approach to meeting the region's needs.


The Coast Guard 13th District comprises the Pacific Northwest and is the gateway to the North Pacific and Alaska. D13's Area of Responsibility encompasses four states and the entire Pacific Northwest coast. We also share a border with Canada to the north and California to the south.

The Coast Guard first established its presence in the Pacific Northwest with the construction and operation of 16 lighthouses along the coast built between 1852 and 1858. The presence was reaffirmed in 1854 with the entry of the Revenue Cutter Jefferson Davis to Puget Sound. Today, D13's headquarters is located in Seattle with three Sector offices managing operations in their respective areas - Puget Sound, Columbia River and North Bend.

The men and women of D13 conduct a vast array of daily operations in support of the Coast Guard's statutory missions. Our crews can be found conducting search and rescue, patrolling coast, sound and North Pacific to enforce safety and fisheries regulations, conducting safety and compliance inspections and exams on commercial vessels and waterfront facilities and protecting our nation's strategic defense and critical infrastructure.

D13 is home to the largest domestic ferry system moving 24 million passengers, 11 million vehicles annual across 10 routes, the 3rd largest domestic port and the 3rd largest cruise ship industry in U.S.

D13 is made up of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. More than 3,000 active duty and reserve members, Coast Guard Auxiliarists, and civilian employees are stationed in the Northwest.

D13 operational assets include:

  • 21 Cutters
  • 132 Boats
  • 11 Aircraft

D13 also provides support and a homeport to Coast Guard Pacific Area assets including two high endurance cutters, three medium endurance cutters, two icebreakers, a port security unit and a maritime safety and security team.

Did you know that each water activity requires it's own type of lifejacket? Choose the life jacket YOU need and learn great tips before watching the #SolarEclipse on Oregon waters next week. Comment below with a photo of yourself, a friend, family member or pet in a lifejacket and show your support for safety on the water! (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson)
Could you survive 5 days on this steep terrain? A U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend aircrew rescued a stranded woman after her husband spotted her near Florence, today, and notified local emergency responders. Coast Guard and local agencies used their assets and worked quickly between the time she was reported around 1 p.m. to the time she was transferred to a local emergency medical service crew on shore. The successful coordination with local police and fire departments allowed for her safe return to her family. See original news release here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b1582d
The Coast Guard designated the City of Florence as an official Coast Guard City at a ceremony held at the Florence Events Center, Wednesday. The city was accepted as the 24th official Coast Guard City and the third one in Oregon joining Astoria and Newport. Coast Guard City designations are part of an official program to recognize the special efforts of local communities and what they do for the men and women of the service. Coast Guard City applications are prepared by the requesting city government officials and sent to the commandant of the Coast Guard for consideration. The designation of the City of Florence coincides with the 100-year anniversary of Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River, which was established in the community, Dec. 14, 1917, when Capt. Theodore Roberge from the Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment was appointed as the “Keeper” of U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River.
Woman reported missing 5 days ago located by husband near Sea Lion Caves in Florence, Oregon, and hoisted to safety by Coast Guard Sector North Bend helicopter crew. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1b1582d?reqfrom=share ------------------------------------------------------------ Photo shows rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Forward Operating Base Point Mugu being lowered from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter during rescue training in California, March 21, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson)
MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Do you know who to call in case of an emergency? On land, it’s 911. But if you’re viewing the #SolarEclipse on the water, use a handheld radio set to VHF-FM Ch. 16. OR check out the useful and FREE Coast Guard cell app here: https://goo.gl/Uq6LBy (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen)
$6,250 fine or 1 year in jail: the sobering truth about penalties for boating under the influence. Do you know somebody who will be viewing the #SolarEclipse on the water? We want you to have fun but also know that boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol is illegal and endangers the lives of others. Oregon law has MAJOR penalties for those arrested and convicted of BUI: https://goo.gl/R1buX3 (U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford)
A Coast Guard aircrew conducted a medevac of an ill passenger aboard the cruise ship Grand Princess just after it exited the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Monday evening. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted the 70-year-old male and transported him back to the air station where he transferred to Airlift Northwest to be taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a call from the cruise ship’s doctor at 5:40 p.m., requesting a medevac for a passenger reportedly needing a surgeon and a CT-scan. The aircrew was launched at 7 p.m. and arrived on scene with the cruise ship at 7:15 p.m., and safely conducted the hoist. The condition of the patient was reported as stable at the time of transfer to Airlift Northwest. The cruise ship is en route to San Francisco. Weather conditions on scene included winds of 15 mph and 2-foot seas.
Media and public are invited to a Coast Guard City designation ceremony for Florence, Oregon scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Florence Events Center. Appetizers are available to the public starting at 10:30 a.m. Following the ceremony the crew of Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River will be celebrating 100 years of service in the Florence area at an open house from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Read more here: goo.gl/i5CvAx
When at the beach, always have a friend with you at all times! Additionally, if you are planning a day on the beach or out on the water, let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Stay safe out there! Oregon will have an influx of visitors coming to see the upcoming solar eclipse. Most of them don't follow the Coast Guard Pacific Northwest Facebook page. Please help us spread our safety messages by sharing these daily posts! Thank you! U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend U.S. Coast Guard Station Coos Bay U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay Coast Guard Station Chetco River Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland
A Coast Guard ground party rescued two people from an aground 22-foot recreational boat off Kydaka Point about 10 miles east of Neah Bay, Sunday night. The ground party found a male and female huddled together in the grounded boat, pulled them to safety and offered blankets for warmth as they provided initial first aid and transported the boaters to Sekiu, where they had started their trip. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound first received a call from the boaters via cellphone at 7:02 p.m., with a report of being disabled and in distress but communications were lost between the Coast Guard and the boaters. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Station Neah Bay boat crew and ground crew, as well as, an aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles. A boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II arrived on scene first and then the ground crew. The aircrew returned to base after the boaters were rescued by the ground crew. There is 30 gallons of gasoline aboard the beached boat but it is not considered a pollution concern because of the position of the boat. It is the owners responsibility to salvage and remove the boat from the beach. The water temperature was 50 degrees and the air temperature was 63 degrees with a gale wind warning in effect.
A Coast Guard boarding team discovered amphetamines, prescription pills and cash on a recreational vessel during a routine safety boarding of a boat near Anacortes, Wednesday evening. The Coast Guard Station Bellingham boarding team detained the two people on board and towed the 32-foot U.S.-flagged cabin cruiser to Anacortes where officers from the Skagit County Drug Task Force took custody of the drugs, cash and subjects. The Station Bellingham boarding team reported the boarding at 4:30 p.m., and during the boarding the Coast Guard boarding officer discovered what appeared to be a black, tar-like substance. Further investigation yielded a chemical that tested positive for amphetamines and a significant distributable amount of prescription pills and cash. The Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for drug interdiction on the high seas and the territorial waters of the U.S. Our crews are constantly on the lookout for potentially illicit activities taking place in the maritime environment. When an issue is identified, our personnel will investigate and detain as needed as well as work with local law enforcement agencies as appropriate. goo.gl/Rb56yc
Coast Guard member to receive national recognition for at sea rescue The Coast Guard announced Wednesday that the Association for Rescue at Sea has selected Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Hylkema, a boatswain's mate at Station Grays Harbor, to receive the 2016 AFRAS Gold Medal. The AFRAS Gold Medal is awarded annually to a Coast Guard enlisted member who exhibited exceptional courage and heroism during a rescue at sea. Hylkema is cited for extraordinary heroism on the night of Oct. 6, 2016, while serving as a crewmember aboard the 52-foot Motor Lifeboat Invincible, during the rescue of the master of the sailing vessel Grace. The Grace was transiting from Tacoma, Washington, to San Francisco, California, when it was caught in a storm off Long Beach, Washington. Considering weather conditions and structurally weak deck, it was decided to have the master wear an immersion suit, anchor the vessel, then evacuate into the water to be pulled to safety. Unfortunately, the master's legs became wrapped in the heaving line, with only a life ring keeping the master's head above water. Hylkema volunteered to deploy as a surface swimmer battling18 to 20-foot breaking seas, swimming more than 150 feet to the master in order to cut him free and remained in the water as the MLB crew recovered the barely coherent master first. "I'm honored daily to work with some of the finest men and women in the Coast Guard, and I am extremely proud of Hylkema's heroism to freely give of himself in such a way as to bring honor to his family, those he serves with, and the Coast Guard," said Chief Warrant Officer Cheston Evans, commanding officer, Station Grays Harbor. The award will be presented to Hylkema at a ceremony held at the Rayburn Congressional Office Building, Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26, 2017. The motor life boat used in this rescue is one of four in the Coast Guard, with each being more than 50-years-old. These unique vessels are all located in the Pacific Northwest and each is known for its exceptional sea-keeping and rescue capabilities that far exceed that of the newer vessels when facing breaking surf and hurricane force winds. The four vessels are named Invincible,Triumph, Victory and Intrepid and are stationed in Grays Harbor, Cape Disappointment, Yaquina Bay, Oregon, and Coos Bay, Oregon. They are the only Coast Guard vessels smaller than 65-feet in length that have official names. https://lnks.gd/2/5JnXz7
Photo update of Station Bellingham's rescue of seven children and three adults Tuesday night in the vicinity of Point Francis in Bellingham Bay. Read more here: goo.gl/nUxtMN
A U.S. Coast Guard Station Bellingham boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rescued seven kids and 3 adults from a raft taking on water in the vicinity of Point Francis on Portage Island near Bellingham. All seven children were wearing life jackets but none of the adults were wearing one or had one available. We remind everyone to always wear your lifejacket nor matter how harmless or safe an on-water activity appears. Read more here: goo.gl/nUxtMN U.S. Coast Guard stock photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Fernando Pratesi. Photo from a case that occurred March 10, 2016.
Coast Guard rescue crews delivered three dewatering pumps to the three-man crew of the 48-foot commercial fishing vessel Pura Vida, Tuesday morning, saving the vessel and its crew. The captain of the Pura Vida made a mayday call to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River at 3:36 a.m. reporting that his vessel was taking on water 66 miles west of Tillamook Head. Several commercial fishing vessels and two U.S. Navy warships responded to assist before Coast Guard assets arrived on scene. The vessel is being towed toward the Columbia River by boat crews aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and the 52-foot MLB Triumph from U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment. Read more here: goo.gl/BUEmFF
Members from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101 Seattle, the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff's Office participated in a joint agency international training demonstration at Safeco Field today, where they highlighted a variety explosives detection canine training methods for visiting Slovakian law enforcement personnel.
Update: The missing person has returned home safe. All search and rescue assets have been stood down. To read the full release visit: https://lnks.gd/2/5J6thX
The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help to assist in the search for Bryan Halligan, a 52-year-old male that was last seen leaving his home to the Harbor Village Marina in Bothell, Washington, Sunday. The man was expected to be attending Seafair activities aboard his 17-foot white Bayliner with blue and gray vinyl seats and a hull number reading WN1793NV. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound were informed early Tuesday morning of the situation of Halligan and directed the launch of an Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Seattle small boat crew to continue the search for the missing man. The Coast guard is seeking any information that would lead to the whereabouts of Halligan to contact Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001 or your local law enforcement authorities.
Coast Guard personnel, working with local and state law enforcement agencies, saw an almost 70% increase in arrests on Lake Washington during the Seafair events this past weekend. Forty-four arrests were conducted this year compared to last year’s 26 arrests, with this year’s including 43 arrests for operating a vessel while under the influence and one for reported possession of cocaine. Read more here: https://lnks.gd/2/5HxMtR
Coast Guardsmen continue to support the last day of Seattle's 68th annual #Seafair events on Lake Washington. Thanks for a great weekend- stay safe, boat sober!
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