Recent responses from Florida and around the nation
The Coast guard Cutter Crocodile, a newly designed 87-foot coastal patrol boat, transits the Gulf of Mexico near St. Petersburg, Fla., during sea trials. The Crocodile was commissioned Dec. 2, at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. Crocodile's crew will conduct search-and-rescue, law-enforcement and Homeland Security misisons along the west coast of Florida.
Child hoisted from boat
Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted four adults and one 4-year-old girl to safety 175 nautical miles west-northwest of Bermuda after their sailboat was disabled. The 47-foot sailboat lost steering and propulsion while transiting to St. Thomas from Annapolis, Md. They contacted the Coast Guard by satellite phone requesting assistance. An HC-130J Hercules aircraft crew from Elizabeth City, N.C., marked the position of the sailboat and directed the Elizabeth City MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter to the site. The five people were hoisted to safety and taken to Bermuda. Winds during the hoist were more than 30 knots and seas were 15 feet. (Nov. 17)
Search for overdue angler
Station Port Canaveral, Fla.
The Coast Guard was searching for two fishermen off the coast of Port Canaveral, Fla. The two men departed three days earlier on a 32-foot pleasure boat to go fishing about 20 miles east of Port Canaveral. They were reported overdue by a business partner Saturday evening when they didn’t return as expected. A helicopter from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., searched for the two men, and Coast Guard Cutter Shrike from Port Canaveral was preparing to begin searching. The pleasure boat is based out of Port Canaveral and has a maroon hull with a white cabin. (Nov. 9)
Disabled sailboat in rough seas
Station Ponce Inlet, Fla.
The Coast Guard assisted five people aboard a disabled sailboat at 3 a.m., five miles east of Daytona Beach. A 47-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Ponce Inlet was able to tow the sailboat with all five people back to Port Canaveral with no injuries. There were 8- to 10-foot seas and wind gusts more than 40 mph off shore. (Oct. 28)
Anglers found safe
Air Station New Orleans
The Coast Guard ended its search for two fishermen who were reported missing from a fishing trip in the vicinity of Baptist Collette, La. The Coast Guard received a call from the director of the Red Fish Championship reporting that he had made contact with the missing fishermen by cell phone and that they were being towed by a good Samaritan into port in Hopedale, La. The fishermen were found in the vicinity of Delacroix, La. No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard launched the following assets for the search: a HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station New Orleans, a HU-25 jet and crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.; a 41-foot response boat and crew from Station Gulfport, Miss.; a 33-foot response boat and crew from Station Venice, La. (Nov. 2)
Unconscious on the ICW
Station Georgetown, S.C.
The Coast Guard responded to a boating accident that left a boater unconscious on the Intracoastal Waterway between the North Santee River and Winyah Bay near Georgetown, S.C. The 68-year-old man was later pronounced dead upon arrival at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. The Coast Guard was notified that a 17-foot boat with two people aboard collided with a fixed aid to navigation in the ICW between the North Santee River and Winyah Bay. A Coast Guard 25-foot boat crew from Station Georgetown met the damaged boat crew in the vicinity of the South Island Ferry Boat Landing. The boat crew transported the injured passenger to medical personnel waiting ashore. The other boater was treated for leg injuries. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was scheduled to conduct an investigation into the cause of the accident. (Nov. 1)
Near miss on Wando River
Station Charleston, S.C.
Three people were safe after their 17-foot pleasure boat almost collided with a motor vessel on the Wando River. The three men were aboard when the boat lost power in the shipping channel near Hobcaw Creek on the Wando River. The men jumped over the side of their boat as a 940-foot container vessel came within 10 feet of their vessel. The men made it back aboard their pleasure boat with the help of a Charleston Police Department small boat and were then escorted to a landing by the Charleston Police Boat and a Coast Guard small boat. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office also responded. There were no injuries reported, and the Coast Guard was investigating the incident. (Nov. 7)
Clinging to the bow
Station Sandy Hook, N.J.
Three people were rescued in Sandy Hook Channel, N.J., after their boat was found submerged. The mariners were found clinging to the bow by a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook. They were taken to waiting EMS at Station Sandy Hook where they were treated for cold exposure and released. All three were listed in good condition. None of the mariners was wearing a life jacket. The boat apparently was swamped by a large wave, causing the stern to sink. Sea Tow was preparing to salvage the partially sunken boat. There were no reports of pollution. There reportedly were 4- to 5-foot seas and 5- to 10-mph winds at the time of the incident. (Nov. 2)
This report originally appeared in the February 2009 issue.