CG Responses Long Island Sound March 2007

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Recent responses from New England to the Mid-Atlantic

Recent responses from New England to the Mid-Atlantic

Medevac from submarine

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew assisted with the medical evacuation of a civilian crewman who experienced medical complications while aboard a submerged U.S. Navy submarine conducting sea trials about 77 nautical miles south-southwest of Cape Cod. The fast-attack submarine, USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), resurfaced after the 25-year-old Portsmouth, N.H., Naval Shipyard employee began having neurological problems. He was safely transferred by small boat to a Navy submarine support vessel and continued to receive treatment by Pittsburgh’s corpsman. A crewman aboard the support vessel contacted the Coast Guard to request a medical evacuation of the victim. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod arrived and hoisted the crewman. He was taken to the airport in Hyannis, Mass., where EMS were waiting for further transport to Cape CodHospital. His condition was unknown. (Dec. 14)

Rescuers field multiple calls

Various C.G. Stations, N.J.

Coast Guard units from New Jersey assisted multiple boaters in distress over a 12-hour period. At 10 p.m. the Coast Guard was notified of an overdue boat by a family member of a 44-year-old boater who reportedly left MinMar Marina in Sea Isle City, N.J., and had not returned on time. The man reportedly left the marina at 2 p.m. on a clamming trip in his 22-foot fishing boat. His wife had arranged to meet him back at the marina, but when he was late, she notified the Sea Isle Police Department and the Coast Guard. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was launched and found the man on board his boat in LudlamBay. His boat battery had died and he was unable to restart his engine. He was hoisted aboard the helicopter and taken back to the air station where he was met by his wife. At 4:30 a.m. of the following day, the crew of a 78-foot commercial fishing boat reported to the Coast Guard that their boat was disabled. A 47-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., deployed to the scene and was able to take the fishing boat into tow back to the station. At 5:20 a.m., the Coast Guard received a report from the crew of a 37-foot sailboat that they were taking on water six miles off of Long Beach Island, N.J. Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., a rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City as well as a good Samaritan responded to the request for help. Dewatering pumps from both the rescue helicopter and Station Barnegat boat were given to the crew of the sailboat which was assisted by TowBoat U.S. and escorted by the crew from Station Barnegat Light. (Dec. 7)

Stuck in the mud

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

A man was rescued by the Coast Guard after running his fishing boat aground near Atlantic City. The 42-year-old man notified SeaTow that he was stuck in the mud in the back bay area of Absecon, N.J., and required assistance. SeaTow was unable to reach him due to the low tide and notified the Coast Guard. Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City were also unable to reach him due to the shallow water and contacted Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. A rescue helicopter arrived and was able to get the man into a basket and hoist him to safety aboard the helicopter and flew him to Station Atlantic City where he was checked by local EMS and released. The 23-foot fishing boat was scheduled to be recovered by SeaTow at high tide. (Dec. 9)

Disabled and hard aground

Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued two men from their fishing boat after it ran aground near GreatEggHarborBay. The men were fishing in the vicinity of Beesleys Point, N.J., when their 20-foot fishing boat became disabled and ran hard aground. A citizen, who saw the men stranded in the marsh, reported the incident to the Ocean City New Jersey Police Department who contacted the Coast Guard. The surrounding areas’ water was too shallow to use a boat, so a rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was diverted from a training operation to assist. Both men were hoisted aboard the helicopter and flown back to the air station where they refused any medical treatment. (Dec. 9)

Hoisted from fishing boat

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

A documentary film cameraman was medically evacuated by a Coast Guard helicopter after reportedly suffering from seasickness about 161 miles east of Nantucket, Mass. The 36-year-old cameraman’s condition became serious after two days of sickness aboard a fishing boat. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a distress call over HF radio channel 2182 requesting medical evacuation for the ailing cameraman. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and arrived on-scene. Weather conditions at the time of the hoist were 4- to 6-foot seas and winds from 15 to 20 knots. The cameraman was hoisted from the 77-foot fishing boat and was scheduled to be flown to HyannisBarnstableAirport to be transferred to EMS. (Dec. 7)

Night aboard disabled boat

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued five hunters after they spent the night aboard their disabled boat in a New Jersey creek. The night before, a family member of one of the hunters reported to Coast Guard Station Cape May, N.J., that the five hadn’t returned from a duck hunting trip. The boat owner had reportedly left Jakes Landing in Dennis Creek near Wildwood, N.J., in a 16-foot duck boat around 5 a.m. and were expected to be back at 4:30 p.m. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was launched to search for the missing hunters. In the course of the search, a flare was launched by the missing hunters to alert the helicopter to their presence. All five men and one dog were hoisted aboard the helicopter and flown back to the air station where they were examined by local EMS and released to their families. (Dec. 8)

Barge strikes yacht

Quantico Wharf, Md.

A sportfishing yacht sank in the WicomicoRiver about five miles west of Salisbury, Md., after a diesel barge knocked a piling into it. The Coast Guard received a report from the master of a tug that his diesel barge had hit the piling about half a mile from QuanticoWharf and struck the port bow of the 46-foot sportfisherman. No one was hurt, and the diesel barge did not rupture. About 2 gallons of the sportfisherman’s fuel leaked out. An absorbent boom was placed around the area. All but the flying bridge of the boat was under water. The Coast Guard was investigating the incident with the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. (Dec. 6)