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posted 10-11-2001 01:07 PM ET (US)
Did anyone see 60 Min. lastnight? They were talking about the US Coastguard patrolling US waters. There was a great shot of the Coastguard on a Whaler. Couln't really tell where they were.
posted 10-11-2001 05:07 PM ET (US)
Sobering thought to see the gray whalers with a gray (not orange) USCG slash on the side patrolling the Arthur Kill with a 50 on the bow and two M-60's on either side of the console.
We are safer, but our fishing is restricted big time.
posted 10-12-2001 12:30 AM ET (US)
Here in San Diego they have an aluminum chambered boat. They are very fast! [One] came up on me one early a.m. out of nowhere. No guns on this boat.
After talking to a friend that knows a Boarder Patrol man, he said that they have a Boarder Patrol man, a Coast Guard, and a FDA man. There were three onboard the boat when it came up on me. They asked me about my stern light. It was out. Got a new bulb for the next week. These aluminum chambered boats have diesels BUT move VERY FAST ! And come out of nowhere. This is my experience here in San Diego
posted 10-12-2001 08:25 AM ET (US)
We are acustomed to see the USCG patrolling the border waters of the Detroit River in their 41-foot cutters. I don't think the 41- has provisions for mounting guns, but I will have to look more carefully.
Among the Reserve units activated recently was Inshore Boat Unit 17 from southern California. I wonder if their operation includes Whalers?
Anyone know more about Inshore Boat Unit 17?
posted 10-12-2001 07:58 PM ET (US)
FDA? Food and Drug Admin.?
Sure you didn't mean DEA (Drug Enforcement
posted 10-12-2001 08:29 PM ET (US)
The FDA guy is there to check the "Born on" date of your beer in the cooler!
sorry... just had to get that in!
posted 10-14-2001 02:12 AM ET (US)
fda- should be a firearm and drug admin.
posted 10-14-2001 02:49 AM ET (US)
Possibly ATF officer.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
posted 10-14-2001 05:20 AM ET (US)
Since 9/11 a lot of things have changed with regards to the USCG and their role on the water. Look for more boardings as well as seeing gun mounts on most of their small boats including the 41's and some of the largert Whalers. Not happy that it has come to this but very happy that we have them out there. I'm in Hampton Roads, home of one of the largest naval bases in the world. A blind monkey on a bamboo raft could do a lot of damage here without all of the armed patrols both Navy and CG. I guess some fishermen don't like to see all of the boardings going on sepecially during Stripper season but it's a small price to pay to be safe here and if the boaters are obeying the rules they have nothing to fear from the armed patrols.
posted 10-14-2001 03:48 PM ET (US)
Alcohol beverage and firearms? I doubt that. I'm stopped frequently in southern cal waters while fishing. They do come aboard but prior to, ask about firearms..yes I carry a 30-30 and a revolver on board. "is it loaded?" Rifle not, revolver is. "Where is it?"..there!..Ok..and thats the end of it. then they continue with the usual registration, life jackets, and flares. (Thats where they get you..expired flares!)
Check your expiration dates guys and put it on your next season list of things to buy.Or at least check.
All the best
posted 10-14-2001 08:01 PM ET (US)
It could _very_well_ be an ATF agent, as well as FBI, INS, USC, Border Patrol agent or a local PD officer, state trooper, deputy sheriff, or national guardsman based on what I've seen and participated in recently. The local officers that man the Blue Water Bridge, here in Port Huron (it's an international border crossing, between Ontario and Michigan) have been working 16 hour shifts, seven days since 911. They are doing a great job, but due to the amount of OT, are getting burned out, and have asked local agencies for assistance.
In my real life, I'm (as some of you are aware...) a deputy sheriff, that's been on assignment to our local prosecuting/district attorney, for a number of years. A bunch of us have volunteered our off time to help at the bridge, since we can't really help the recovery efforts in NCY, but we can, and have helped here locally, beyond money, clothing and blood donations (and if you are so inclined, please donate blood).
We end up working a two person team at each booth. The regular officers query the incoming, and we check _each_ trunk, sometimes engine compartment, and open luggage. I've learned more about where the levers and zippers are to open things in the past few weeks, then I knew was possible.
One of the most suprising and gratifying comments we get, is from incoming US citizens thanking us for checking so closely.
Best - Don
posted 10-21-2001 09:41 AM ET (US)
A buddy of mine invited me out on his 46'Carver last friday...I couldn't make it but he siad he returned from points north on the Hudson, came under the Georgey D'Wash Bridge doing 13 Knots and out of nowhere a USCG Whaler (repleat w/ .50s and 7.62s came ripping up after him. Apparently the 10 knot speed limit is being rigorously enforced.
He said they were nice and let him get a gander at the armaments....cool. Wish I were there.
posted 10-21-2001 12:53 PM ET (US)
I came across this photo that shows just how serious the Coast Guard is. Thought you all might enjoy.
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