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CG Responses Jan 2007 Fla]orida & the South

Recent responses from Florida to Virginia

Recent responses from Florida to Virginia

Deadly weekend on the water

Florida and Caribbean

Over the weekend, Coast Guard crews throughout Florida and the Caribbean stayed busy responding to numerous calls from mariners in distress. While nearly 80 people were rescued or assisted in the 7th District, five deaths were reported as well. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., responded to two separate reports of missing scuba divers. The search was suspended for a man who was never found after diving near De Leon Inlet, Fla., and the other was pronounced dead by a doctor after arriving at Belona Boat Ramp in St. Augustine, Fla. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, Coast Guard Cutters Mantinicus and Dauntless, and the Dominican Republic Navy ship Bellatrix responded to a report of around 50 migrants in the water after their catamaran capsized five miles north of Punta Macao, Dominican Republic. Two people died, 12 swam to shore, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer assisted three and good Samaritans recovered 34 others. Station Lake Worth Inlet, Fla., crews recovered the body of an unidentified man after he reportedly fell off the dock near Riviera Beach in Lake Worth, Fla. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen and a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft searched the waters near the east end of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a man who was last seen by friends climbing down a rocky cliff. The deceased man was located the next morning by members of the St. Croix Police Department. (Oct. 2)

Capsize offshore

Station Mayport, Fla.

Four people were rescued in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Mayport, Fla., after their boat capsized. One of the four was rescued by a good Samaritan. A Coast Guard rescue boat located two other men about six miles offshore. The fourth man was located by a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Savannah, Ga. The Coast Guard aircrew directed the Coast Guard boat to his position, which was about three miles offshore and about three miles away from the two men picked up earlier. The three rescued men were taken to Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville where they were transferred to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department EMS. All the men were listed in good condition and reunited with their families. Two Air Force helicopters from Patrick Air Force Base, a Navy fixed wing aircraft and helicopter, two Coast Guard rescue boats from Station Mayport, Coast Guard rescue helicopters from Air Station Savannah, Ga., and Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and a helicopter from JSO all participated in the search. (Oct. 1)

Inlet capsize, 5 in water

Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater aided in the rescue of five people from a capsized pleasure boat about seven miles from Venice Inlet, Fla. Coast Guard Station Cortez received a call from Sarasota 911 reporting that a 24-foot pleasure boat had capsized with five people on board. Coast Guard Station Cortez launched a 25-foot rescue boat, Air Station Clearwater launched an HH-60 rescue helicopter, the Sarasota Police Department launched a helicopter and two Marine Unit vessels to search for the people in the water. The Sarasota P.D. helicopter located the overturned boat, and shortly thereafter, the Air Station Clearwater rescue helicopter located the people in the water. The Coast Guard helicopter crew directed the Sarasota P.D. Marine Unit to the group’s location and the vessel pulled all five people from the water. The Sarasota P.D. Marine Unit ensured that the group had no injuries or medical concerns and transferred the five people to a good Samaritan’s vessel. The good Samaritan brought them to a marina in Venice Inlet. All were reported to be in good condition. The sea conditions at the time of the boat capsizing were reported at 6- to 7-foot swells with 15- to 20-knot winds. (Oct. 15)

3 children, 2 adults capsize

Station Little Creek, Va.

The Coast Guard rescued three children and two adults from the water after their catamaran sailboat capsized off the Little Creek jetties in Norfolk. The Coast Guard received the report of the overturned boat from a person who witnessed it capsizing from a nearby condominium window. A rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Little Creek arrived on the scene and pulled the three children and one adult from the water. The boat’s owner stayed to try to right it. The children, ages 13, 9, and 8, were showing symptoms of mild hypothermia and were treated by Navy emergency medical technicians upon their arrival at the station. They were warmed up in the ambulance and released. The Coast Guard station is on the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek. Upon arrival at the station, the Coast Guard crew received word that the catamaran had been righted, but had capsized again. The rescue boat returned and picked up the owner from the water, as well as a good Samaritan who had jumped off a passing boat to help him. A fishing boat passing by the scene took the catamaran in tow and brought it to Little Creek Marina. The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to check weather reports before getting under way. The seas were rough when the catamaran was capsized, and soon after this group was rescued a heavy storm with sustained winds of 34 knots blew through the area creating heavy seas and currents. (Sept. 24)