Recent responses from New Jersey to North Carolina
Sinking catamaran near Deep Creek Locks
A Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Station Portsmouth assisted two adults, three children and a dog aboard a boat taking on water near Deep Creek Locks in the Chesapeake.
The owner of the 38-foot boat called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at around 11:40 a.m. stating that he was taking on about 200 gallons of water per minute after colliding with a log while transiting the Dismal Swamp Canal. The owner and four passengers were able to keep up with the flooding using an on-board bilge pump and hand pumps, but were unable to get all of the water out.
The 25-foot rescue boat crew arrived on scene at 12:26 p.m. and transferred two crewmembers and a gasoline-powered P6 dewatering pump aboard and quickly removed the water. The Coast Guardsmen remained on board, monitoring the crack in the hull and operating the pump as necessary, until the vessel arrived at Ocean Marine and was hauled in by dock workers there. (May 28)
Woman medevaced from cruise ship
The Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a ship in Chesapeake Bay.
The Coast Guard received a call by cellular phone from the Maryland pilots aboard a 680-foot cruise ship, requesting the medevac of the woman, who was reportedly suffering from an eye injury.
A 41-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis arrived and transported the woman from the ship to awaiting Anne Arundel County EMS at Annapolis Harbor. She was then taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. (May 24)
Good Samaritan finds wind surfer’s body
Sector North Carolina
A good Samaritan found and pulled a 56-year-old wind surfer’s body to shore in the vicinity of Cape Lookout Lighthouse.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a call from the good Samaritan and launched a Station Fort Macon rescue boat crew, park service personnel and Harkers Island EMS to the scene.
Park service personnel began CPR as the Coast Guard and Harkers Island EMS, with a paramedic, were en route.
The Coast Guard crew transported Harkers Island EMS and the man’s body to an awaiting ambulance on Harker’s Island. He was pronounced dead in the ambulance and was taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C.
The cause of death is unknown. (May 24)
Coast Guard medevac in N.C.
Elizabeth City, N.C.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted a diabetic man to safety from a fishing boat 36 miles southeast of New River Inlet, near Jacksonville.
The master of the fishing boat called Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders and reported that a man aboard was suffering from diabetic shock. The watchstanders consulted a Coast Guard physician and launched an MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
The helicopter crew hoisted the man to safety and took him to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, N.C.
The man is reported to be in stable condition. (May 23)
Cutter seizes more than a ton of cocaine
The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Bear is scheduled to return to their home port in Portsmouth following a 45-day Caribbean patrol. While patrolling in the Caribbean Sea under the direction of Joint Interagency Task Force South, the crew was actively engaged in stemming the flow of illegal narcotics. The ship’s law enforcement team boarded a Venezuelan-flagged fishing ship 500 miles east of Brazil and found five suspected drug smugglers and 2,380 pounds of cocaine. The suspects were transferred to Venezuelan authorities for further investigation. The crew also participated in a counter narco-terrorist operation with the Jamaican Defense Force and hosted four Jamaican Coast Guard members. The crew cross-trained with the Jamaicans on law enforcement tactics and boarding procedures. Following their 45 day patrol, the crew went through two weeks of intensive training at Naval Amphibias Base Little Creek, Va., before returning to their home port.
The Bear is one of six 270-foot medium endurance cutters home-ported in Portsmouth. (May 20)
Coast Guard rescues unconscious diver
Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard medevaced a diver 30 miles east of Barnegat, N.J., after he was found unconscious 125 feet below the surface of the water.
The Coast Guard received a call at about from a crewmember aboard the boat, home-ported in Brielle, N.J., reporting the 42-year-old man from Middletown, Del., was found unconscious and they were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.
A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived and transported the man to the air station. He was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel and was pronounced dead. (May 17)
Missing off Newport News, Va.
Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing man in the waters off the Newport News Marine Terminal. Still missing is a 42-year-old man from Newport News.
Helicopter rescue crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, along with rescue crews from Station Portsmouth, Station Little Creek, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Newport News Police and Newport News Fire participated in the search for the missing man.
Coast Guard crews conducted a 15-hour search covering more than 70 square miles after watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads received a report from 911 operators of a person in the water. (May 9)
Man medevaced near Barnegat Light, N.J.
Station Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 53-year-old male from a 34-foot sailing boat 30 miles off the coast of Barnegat Light.
The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the boat reporting the owner was slipping in and out of consciousness.
A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived and transported the man to the air station where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.
The medical crew took him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for evaluation. (May 8)
Six stranded near Nansemond River
Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescued three adults and three children stranded on a grounded vessel near the Nansemond River in Suffolk.
The Suffolk Sheriff’s Department notified Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth, Va., that an 18-foot boat with six people aboard was aground and that the water was too shallow for either a Suffolk (Va.) Fire and Rescue boat or a good Samaritan to reach them.
Because of the possibility of heavy weather later in the day, a helicopter crew from the air station launched and transferred all six people to Brady’s Marina in Suffolk. (May 2)
This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the August 2009 issue.