Recent responses from Massachusetts and the Northeast
Passengers, crew safely evacuated
Deer Island, Mass.
All passengers and crewmembers were rescued from the charter vessel Massachusetts after it ran aground and began taking on water off the coast of Deer Island, Mass.
Coast Guard crewmembers from stations Point Allerton and Boston, good Samaritans and state and local agencies removed everyone off the vessel and took them to Pemberton Pier in Hull, Mass.
Massachusetts is located just outside the channel allowing traffic to move safely through the area. There was a report of one knee and one back injury. (July 3)
Capsize survivors transported to shore
Sakonnet Lighthouse, R.I.
A Middletown, R.I., fire and rescue crew transported seven survivors to Little Compton, R.I., after their boat capsized near the Sakonnet Lighthouse in Rhode Island.
Three people were rescued from the rocks at the lighthouse and four more were rescued from the water. A good Samaritan in a kayak rescued two people from the water before calling the Coast Guard on VHF radio at 10:03 a.m.
No injuries or pollution were reported. The Coast Guard is investigating what caused the vessel to capsize. (July 12)
Coast Guard responds to a small boat fire
The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire near the Rockland breakwater in Rockland, Maine.
Coast Guard Sector Northern New England was notified by a good Samaritan via VHF channel 16 that a 16-foot Boston Whaler was on fire and had two people aboard.
Coast Guard Station Rockland launched a 25-foot rescue boat crew and responded to the fire along with the Rockland Fire and Police departments. The two people that were aboard the vessel were found on the breakwater holding the line to the vessel.
Once the fire was extinguished, the Rockland Fire Department towed the vessel and transported the people to a mooring ball, where they were picked up by Rockland Police and taken to shore in Rockland. There were no injuries to the people aboard the vessel. (July 8)
Coast Guard airlifts ill fishing boat crewman
A Coast Guard aircrew airlifted an ill crewmember from a 59-foot fishing vessel approximately 50 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass.
Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., received a VHF-FM radio call from the Toots II, based out of Point Pleasant, N.J., around 6:45 p.m., requesting assistance for a crewmember experiencing chest and stomach pains.
A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted the 40-year-old man and transported him to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. (July 3)
This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue.