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Recent responses from Massachusetts and the Eastern Seaboard

Recent responses from Massachusetts and the Eastern Seaboard

Fisherman missing

Sector Boston, Mass.

The Coast Guard suspended a search for a missing 59-year-old fisherman who was reported to be in an 18-foot pleasure boat. The man was reported missing to the Saugus, Mass., police department by his girlfriend who said he was overdue from a fishing trip. He frequently checked crab pots near Nahant Harbor, typically a two-hour trip. Coast Guard Sector Boston was then notified and began search-and-rescue efforts. Coast Guard rescue assets through the night included three utility boats, a patrol boat, an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HU-25 Falcon jet. The search area stretched from Lynn Harbor to Cape Cod Bay. Next morning, the Lynn Harbor Master discovered the man’s 18-foot fishing boat overturned about one mile offshore of Lynn Harbor with a crab pot still attached. At that point, the focus of the search shifted to locate an individual in the water. After searching nearly 2,000 square miles of sea and shoreline for over 23 hours, the Coast Guard suspended the search. Coast Guard and other agency assets searching throughout the day including: a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, three Coast Guard vessels, Coast Guard Auxiliary, two Massachusetts Police vessels, a Massachusetts Environmental Police vessel, Massachusetts State Police dive team and Lynn and Saugus Harbor Masters. (Oct. 26)

Rescuer needs rescuing

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod rescued three people stranded on an island in the Eight Mile River in Lyme, Conn. A 32-year-old woman and 35-year-old man were kayaking on the tributary of the Connecticut River when their kayak capsized at and they swam to the nearby island. The third stranded person was a Lyme fireman who was unable to return to shore after an unsuccessful rescue attempt. The Coast Guard was notified of the situation. After contacting the Lyme Fire Department chief on scene, it was determined that rescue boats would not be able to reach the victims and a rescue helicopter was launched from Cape Cod. The helicopter arrived and brought the victims to emergency medical personnel waiting nearby on the banks of the river. The victims, who were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident, were in stable condition and taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Lyme where they were treated for mild hypothermia. (Nov. 24)

18 hours in the water

Station Marathon, Fla.

The Coast Guard rescued a boardsailor one mile off Big Pine Key, Fla. The 55-year-old man was reported overdue to the Coast Guard by his wife. Upon receiving the report the Coast Guard immediately launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami and a 25-foot rescue boat from Station Marathon, Fla. Coast Guard rescue crews searched until the case was suspended until daylight. At first light the search resumed with another HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami and a Coast Guard 33-foot rescue boat from Station Marathon. The Dolphin helicopter located the man and directed the rescue boat to his location. He was found holding onto a crab pot. According to the man he had grabbed and held onto the crab pot throughout the night so he would stop drifting. Within minutes the Coast Guard took the cold and tired man to the Big Pine Fishing Lodge and transferred him to local EMS. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office marine unit also assisted with the search. (Oct. 25)

Rescued from burning boat

Air Facility Charleston, S.C.

Three people were rescued about one mile east of Kiawah Beach, S.C., after their fishing trawler caught fire, forcing them to abandon ship. Fire engulfed the pilothouse on the 69-foot trawler. The men radioed Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Charleston and abandoned ship into a life raft. The Coast Guard launched a boat crew from Station Charleston, an aircrew from Air Facility Charleston and Cutter Yellow Fin to assist the three men. The Coast Guard aircrew arrived and lowered their hoist basket to the men in the life raft. The aircrew was able to hoist one of the men but could not get the other two in the basket. The aircrew pulled back and let a nearby fishing boat pick up the remaining two. The three were transported to safety and all were in good condition. Their fishing boat sank shortly after the rescue, but Coast Guard rescue coordinators have transmitted an information broadcast asking mariners to used caution when traveling through the area of Kiawah Beach. (Oct. 28)

Sailboat aground

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

A man was rescued from his sailboat by the Coast Guard after running his boat aground. The 20-year-old man was attempting to navigate his 27-foot sailboat from Gloucester, Mass., to a destination in Florida when he ran hard aground in Hereford Inlet just north of Wildwood, N.J. Waves began pounding the boat, pushing it farther into the marsh. The man radioed the Coast Guard with a marine band radio requesting to be taken off the sailboat. A Coast Guard small boat from Station Cape May, N.J., arrived on the scene but could not reach the man due to the shallow waters. An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was conducting training in the area and diverted to the scene. Upon arrival, the air crew lowered a rescue swimmer into the water. The rescue swimmer was able to place the man into a basket whereupon he was hoisted to safety aboard the helicopter. He was flown to Coast Guard Training Center Cape May where he was met by local EMS. Following an examination by EMS, the young man was released. (Nov. 1)

Capsize, five in water

Station New York, N.Y.

The Coast Guard and New York City Police Department responded to a report of five people in the water near 73rd St. in the Hudson River. A witness on shore called the Coast Guard by cellphone when he saw the victims’ boat capsize. Coast Guard Station New York and the NYPD immediately dispatched rescue crews. Four of the victims made it to shore on their own. The fifth victim managed to hold onto the capsized boat and was rescued by an NYPD diver. The Coast Guard urges all boaters to wear a life jacket and to take a free boating safety class offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. (Nov. 4)