US Coast Guard Station Marathon
1800 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050
US Coast Guard Station Marathon is a small boat search and rescue station in the US Coast Guard’s 7th District, Sector Key West. Established in the 1800’s as a seasonal US Government outpost, the station was eventually crewed by a Coast Guard Detachment from USCG Base Miami. Station Marathon was established on June 22, 1964. A permanent station was not established until June 25, 1965 – utilizing a houseboat for accommodations and a permanent land based station was built at mile marker 48 in August of 1968.
In the beginning, the station was comprised of two utility boats. The Coast Guard detachment from Miami came to Marathon for a nine-month period usually from February through October. Operations were run out of a communications van and the crew of 14 stayed in a local motel. Coast Guard Station Marathon was established in Marathon because of the hostilities with Cuba, the influx of Cuban migrants and the ever-increasing boating population. The first officially commissioned station was nothing more than a two-story houseboat moored at the same boat basin in which our boats moor today. The 3.75 acres of land was purchased on January 6, 1966 from Mr. Bill Davis who had been leasing the land and pier space to the Coast Guard. The present station was commissioned on December 20, 1967. During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s Station Marathon’s complement increased from 14 to 32 personnel. In the spring of 1985 the Station went through rehab. The boathouse, cottages, and pier were each torn down and rebuilt, and a launch ramp was installed. In November of 2004, Station Marathon was the first unit to successfully use warning shots/disabling fire against a migrant smuggling vessel. In October 2005, storm surge from Hurricane Wilma flooded the station buildings and grounds with four feet of seawater. In 2011 and again in 2013, Station Marathon received the coveted Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award for operational readiness.
Today Station Marathon responds to 300 Search and Rescue cases and conducts 500 Law Enforcement Boardings a year and is a key partner with the Marathon Turtle Hospital. Each year the station’s crew assists the Hospital staff in releasing Sea Turtles back to the wild and also recovers injured or sick turtles reported by Mariners. Coast Guard Station Marathon conducts 20 release missions a year.
Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Marathon
The closest major airport to Marathon, Florida is Key West International Airport (EYW / KEYW).
This airport is in Key West, Florida and is 47 miles from the center of Marathon, FL.