Several pleasure boaters found themselves in a jam this weekend, but having a means of calling for help made all the difference.
About 20 miles off Miami, a personal locator beacon, life jacket and an inflatable seat cushion likely saved the lives of two people who were rescued by a Coast Guard aircrew after their boat sank, stranding them in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.
Using information from the PLB’s registration, watchstanders determined the vessel in distress was a 22-foot yellow catamaran with two people aboard.
Watchstanders immediately directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Miami.
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light rescued six people in two separate accidents on Friday.
A crewmember aboard a 42-foot sailboat contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders at about 5:30 a.m. reporting a 21-foot sailboat was disabled 25 miles offshore from Barnegat Light. The crewmember said there were four people aboard the sailboat, the engine was inoperable and they could not use the boat’s rudder.