Recent responses from the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard
FISHING BOAT AGROUND — The fishing boat Frieda Marie sits anchored and aground about 100 yards off Assateague Island, a National Park and National Seashore. Coast Guard Station Chincoteague initially responded after the boat ran aground.
Crane operator dies
The Coast Guard is investigating a crane accident at Smith Mountain Lake, Va., that resulted in the death of the crane operator.
The Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a submerged crane on private property. The crane, which had been on top of a barge, was being used for dock reconstruction at the time of the incident. The crane remains submerged in about 50 feet of water. The crane owner is working on a salvage plan to remove it, according to the Coast Guard. (Oct. 7)
Medevaced from fishing boat
Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 38-year-old man from aboard a 78-foot vessel that was 40 miles off the coast of Cape May, N.J.
The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the scallop fishing vessel Carolina Queen II, home-ported in Seaford, Va., reporting a crewmember had fallen and injured his head. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived and hoisted the crewmember. The crewmember was flown to Air Station Atlantic City and transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel. (Oct. 9)
Man rescued near Bay Bridge Tunnel
Sector Hampton Roads, Va.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew located and rescued a man after his boat capsized near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
A Virginia Beach 911 dispatcher told Sector Hampton Roads, Va., watchstanders that a man called from his capsized boat reporting that he was near the first island of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Based on a reference to the first island and other pieces of information, responders determined he was actually near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, according to the Coast Guard.
Norfolk Fire Rescue marine units and Station Portsmouth crews launched to search near the area. Station Little Creek and Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescue crews searched the area as well. The MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew located the mildly hypothermic man near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and hoisted him safely. They transported him to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, according to the Coast Guard. (Oct. 11)
Four rescued near Barnegat Light
Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J.
A good Samaritan, along with the Coast Guard, rescued four people 32 miles east of Barnegat Light, N.J., after their 80-foot clamming vessel lost steering and was taking on water.
The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the vessel reporting they were taking on water. The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and the crew of fishing vessel Star Light responded. They towed the boat and its crew to Atlantic City, N.J., according to the Coast Guard.
A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., arrived to assess the situation for assistance. (Oct. 22)
Search suspended for Marcus Hook man
Marcus Hook, Pa.
The Coast Guard suspended the search for a 21-year old man who went missing after the 15-foot boat he was aboard capsized in the Delaware River near Marcus Hook, Pa.
The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the tugboat Timothy McAllister reporting the submerged 15-foot boat. Members of Delaware Environmental reported they spoke with a man who swam ashore at Chester Boat Ramp near Flowers Street, stating he was on the 15-foot boat that capsized and his friend was missing.
An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia and the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Finback, home-ported in Cape May, N.J., assisted members of the Delaware County Fire and Rescue, New Jersey State Police, Tinicum Fire and Rescue from Essington, Pa., and the Chester Police Department in the search. (Oct. 30)
This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the January 2010 issue.