When the motor vessel Marine Electric was caught in a winter storm in the early hours of Feb. 12, 1983, their 605-foot ship capsized, tossing 34 crewmembers into the 39-degree waters east of Chincoteague, Va.
Written by Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith
Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen.
A crew of aquanauts - yes aquanauts! - left surface life and submerged themselves in the world's only undersea laboratory, Aquarius, for two weeks. They were participating in NEEMO 16, a mission designed to help mold future space missions.
Coast Guard crews have been hard at work disrupting a rising threat as drug smugglers use increasingly sophisticated and evolving methods to evade authorities in the Caribbean.