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Coast Guardsman acquitted of manslaughter

A Coast Guard petty officer who piloted a boat involved in a collision that left a child dead on San Diego Bay was acquitted Tuesday of involuntary manslaughter and three other charges.

After a court martial at Coast Guard headquarters in Alameda, Calif., a seven-member jury found Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Ramos guilty of the lesser charge of dereliction of duty for failure to conduct a risk assessment.

Ramos, 22, could face a maximum of three months of confinement for that charge. The more serious charge could have carried a 10-year sentence.

Ramos was piloting a 33-foot patrol craft during San Diego’s annual Christmas Parade in 2009 when it crashed into the boat of Alan DeWeese, whose 8-year-old son, Anthony, was killed. Five other people were injured.

“My wife and I are devastated,” Alan DeWeese said outside the courtroom. “When somebody runs over somebody and kills an innocent bystander, you would think that there would be more than just a dereliction of duty involved.”

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Rescue captured on Coast Guard helmet cam

Family members, including a 6-month-old baby and a dog, were rescued Sunday after their boat broke free from its moorings off Santa Barbara.



Aussie anglers have a close call with a croc

The saltwater crocodile was about 13 feet - a bit longer than their aluminum boat.



Marine damage tallied for California tsunami

WEB.03.22.11.RAThe Coast Guard released a tally of damage done to California's Crescent City.



Boats wash ashore after storm

A dozen boats broke free of their moorings or anchors in Tiburon, Calif., during last weekend's storm and washed ashore at Strawberry Point Sunday morning, a Coast Guard officer said.



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