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USCG Cutter Returns Home Following Hurricane Assistance

Following a 69-day Caribbean hurricane relief trip, the United States Coast Guard cutter Venturous returned to its United States port in St. Petersburg, FL. The 76 crewmembers of the Venturous performed various relief efforts and law enforcement duties in Puerto Rico and delivered 7,000 gallons of fuel and 5,500 gallons of water. 

Additionally, the Venturous crew repaired mechanical equipment which helped restore water to hospitals, homes and businesses of Puerto Rico, and transported surveyors and equipment to assist in the reconstruction of ports. 

"Our crew was devoted to assisting the people of Puerto Rico in any way they could," said Ensign Benjamin Chapman, a crewmember aboard the Venturous. "The crew even graciously donated about 700 pounds of food from the cutter's rations and 500 pounds of food from their personal supplies to aid the citizens of Puerto Rico." 

Read more about the U.S. Coast Guard relief efforts.

Product Safety Recall: Fire Extinguishers

More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers equipped with plastic handles have been recalled. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. 

The BoatUS Foundation For Boating Safety and Clean Water urges boat owners to check extinguishers to verify whether or not they are a part of the recall. Go to the CPSC recall website for more information and replacement instructions.

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