Recent responses from around the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast
HEROES HONORED — (From left to right) Lester Nagy, William A. Lewis Jr. and William “Skip” Hill stand next to the fishing boat Atlantic Traveler after they were honored for rescuing two people from the water 30 miles east of Manasquan Inlet. The crew of the Atlantic Traveler responded to an urgent marine information broadcast from the Coast Guard for the crew of the fishing boat Lady M after the boat was taking on water and the crew abandoned ship. The trio was honored by Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia.
Good Samaritan rescues eight
Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.
A good Samaritan rescued eight people who were aboard a sinking 48-footer 55 miles east of Cape May, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the ship American Lady who reported that the sportfishing boat Always Late was taking on water and the crew needed assistance. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to mariners and four boats responded to the broadcast, according to the Coast Guard. Good Samaritans aboard the sportfishing boat Marli rescued seven of the crewmembers. One crewmember remained on board in an attempt to salvage the sinking boat. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived on the scene and lowered a rescue swimmer with a pump to assist the crewmen in controlling the flooding. The rescue swimmer and crewman were unable to control the flooding and abandoned ship. Marli rescued the remaining crewmember. (Sept. 19)
Two recovered from Pasquotank
Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
Two people were recovered from the Pasquotank River, east of Weeksville, near Flatty Creek, N.C. Pasquotank County 911 called Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City’s watchstanders reporting an unmanned boat going in circles with people in the water. The station responded with a 25-foot rescue boat crew. They arrived and recovered a man walking in the shallow water carrying his wife. The crew performed CPR on the unconscious woman on the way back to the station where they were met by EMS. The two were taken to Albemarle Health Hospital in Elizabeth City. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Coast Guard. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. (Sept. 20)
Fishing boat taking on water
Station Cape May, N.J.
A good Samaritan rescued three people after their 45-foot fishing boat began taking on water in Delaware Bay near Cape May, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the ship reporting they were taking on water and in distress. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine broadcast to mariners requesting assistance from nearby boaters. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May and a rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., were dispatched to the scene, according to the Coast Guard. The crew of fishing boat Ambitious answered the broadcast and towed the disabled ship and its crew to Oyster Dock in Port Norris, N.J. (Oct. 2)
Multiple agencies respond to capsize
Coast Guard crews along with Hampton and Norfolk fire departments and good Samaritans on two boats responded to a capsized 18-foot May-Craft. Sector Hampton Roads received a report of a capsized boat about one mile east of Fort Monroe, Va. Two good Samaritans responded and rescued four people from the water, transporting them to Old Point Comfort Marina in Hampton, Va. Emergency responders transported the four people to Sentara CarePlex Hospital. One of the four individuals died as a result of the injuries sustained during the accident. The remaining three people were treated for minor injuries, according to the Coast Guard. (Oct. 3)
Fire on Fire Island Ferry
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, N.Y.
The Coast Guard is investigating an engine room fire that occurred on board the 85-foot passenger ferry Fire Island Belle during a routine transit from Ocean Beach to Fair Harbor N.Y.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call from the ferry’s crew stating that the vessel was roughly 100 yards from shore when the fire started. The vessel energized an on-board fixed firefighting system and was able to extinguish most of the fire. Fair Harbor Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted as well, according to the Coast Guard.
Fire Island Belle pulled into Fair Harbor, N.Y., and safely unloaded the 130 passengers. There were no reports of injuries or pollution as a result of the incident. The ferry was arranged to be towed to its home berth in Bay Shore, N.Y.
Coast Guard marine investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Coram, N.Y. responded to the scene and administered drug and alcohol testing to the vessel’s crew, according to the Coast Guard. (Sept. 20)
40-footer runs aground
Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, N.Y.
The Coast Guard assisted in a multiple-agency rescue of injured boaters after their 40-foot boat ran aground near Wantagh, N.Y.
The initial report was made by SeaTow, and Coast Guard Station Jones Beach arrived shortly afterward. The crew was able to assist in locating all boaters. It was reported that seven people were on board and all sustained serious injuries, according to the Coast Guard.
The New York City Police Department, the Wantagh Fire Department and Nassau County Police Department worked to medically evacuate the boaters from the scene. (Oct. 4)
This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the December 2009 issue.