Recent responses from the SouthHARD RIGHT – Crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Port Aransas, Texas, conduct training on the station's new 45-foot response boat Jan. 27. The RB-M, which will eventually replace the Coast Guard's aging fleet of 41-foot utility boats, is a self-righting, 45-foot aluminum boat with twin diesel engines and water jet propulsion. It includes multiple navigation displays, a wireless crew communication system, an infrared camera, shock mitigating seating and air conditioning. The RB-M also provides additional safety for the crew.
Recent responses from Fire Island, N.Y., to Oregon Inlet, N.C.
EXPLOSION ON BOARD — The fishing vessel Beau Vin burns after its captain was rescued Feb. 8 from a life raft by a good Samaritan off Wrightsville Beach, N.C. The man was rescued 20 minutes after making a mayday call to report an explosion on board his 60-foot fishing vessel 20 nautical miles from Masonboro Inlet. The captain of the Beau Vin abandoned ship into his life raft with an EPIRB. The captain of the Sea Swirl responded to a Coast Guard urgent marine information broadcast and came alongside the life raft to pick up Beau Vin’s captain. The captain escaped with only minor burns on his hands, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol rescued two fishermen Jan. 26 from the 44-foot fishing vessel Whistlin' Dixie, shown partially submerged about seven miles east of Biddeford Pool, Maine. The fishermen believe the boat struck a submerged object. They radioed for help then climbed into the vessel's life raft and a Maine Marine Patrol boat picked them up 14 minues later.
Disaster averted - The marine community along New York’s lower Hudson River sprang into action recently to rescue all 155 passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 from 35-degree waters.
Recent responses around the Northeast
C.G. saves four in storm
Station Point Judith, R.I.The Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a storm-ravaged sailboat, about seven miles south of Block Island, R.I. The crew of the 45-foot sailboat left East Greenwich, R.I., bound for Puerto Rico, when it was caught in an offshore storm, which ripped its sails and disabled propulsion.
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