Coast Guard crews around the country responded to mariners in distress in cases that involved boat-to-boat and boat-to-breakwater collisions, man overboard and a cantankerous boater who resented a boarding.
Coast Guard crews responded to a two-vessel collision Sunday in the State Boat Channel in Lindquist, N.Y.
Various marine crews responded to the recreational boating collision involving a 21-foot Wellcraft with two people aboard and a 20-foot Mako with two people aboard.
The good Samaritan on scene transferred two people onto their boat from the sinking vessel.
An early morning boat crash Friday required the aid of the Coast Guard, the Marine Patrol and TowBoat U.S. to pull the 25-foot StarCraft off of a breakwall on Harmon’s Beach in Lorain, Ohio.
The two people on the boat were safely gathered by the Coast Guard and treated for minor injuries.
The crash occurred around 2 a.m., but the Coast Guard did not received a call about the boat until 6 a.m. and responded immediately.
“The delay in our response was due to never receiving a call,” said Lorain Coast Guard Chief Andrew Coppa. “They had a marine radio and cell phones, but were too afraid to call for help.”
In another Great Lakes incident, the Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off a sailing vessel in Lake Erie on Friday afternoon.
At 3:05 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, was contacted by a 911 operator who had received a report of a man falling off a sailing vessel in Lake Erie near Conneaut Harbor. The reporting source was another person from the vessel who stated the man was wearing a life jacket when he fell but could not locate him in the water.
On the West Coast, the Coast Guard detained a boater after an altercation erupted during a routine boarding near San Francisco Bay on Sunday.
A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate was on a law enforcement patrol Sunday night when they approached a 45-foot sailing vessel moored just off Sausalito. After the master of the vessel refused the request to be boarded, he cut his mooring line and attempted to leave the Bay.