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Coast Guard response report

Two aboard disabled sailboat

Station Annapolis, Md.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., assisted two boaters when their 22-foot sailboat became disabled in the Chesapeake Bay. A 34-year-old man and his 75-year-old father-in-law were sailing from Annapolis Harbor to the West River when they began having difficulty with the boat’s rudder. They were blown two miles into the Chesapeake off of the South River before the younger man called his wife on a mobile phone. She contacted Coast Guard search and rescue controllers. A rescue boat from Station Annapolis was launched and the two men were located at 2:15 p.m. Murray kept no VHF radio or GPS on the boat, and was unsure of his exact location. He reported he could see the Thomas Point Lighthouse, though. The rescue crew brought their 41-foot boat near the lighthouse and swept the horizon with the rescue boat’s spotlight. When the man reported, by mobile phone, that he could see the light, the crew headed in the direction the light had been facing and located the disabled boat. The Coast Guard crew conducted a routine safety check of the boat and found the rudder seemed to be in working condition. The rescue boat took the sailboat in tow to safe haven in Selby Bay. (Sept. 27)


Swamped and sunk

Station Cape May, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued three men in the Delaware Bay after their boat sank during a fishing trip near Egg Island Point Light, N.J. The three were rescued by the Coast Guard six hours after their 16-foot fishing boat was swamped by a wave and sank beneath them. A mariner notified the Coast Guard after noticing two coolers packed with ice, bait and fish floating in the water near Egg Island Point Light. The Coast Guard launched a 41-foot utility boat from Station Cape May and a rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City. The 41-footer located one man floating in the water. That man stated that two more men were still missing. Minutes later, the rescue helicopter located the two missing men on land just south of Fort Escue, N.J. The rescue helicopter hoisted the two men to safety and then returned to the 41-footer’s location to hoist the third man. All three men were taken back to Air Station Atlantic City where they were met by local EMS and taken by ambulance to Atlantic City Mainland Hospital, in Pomona, N.J., suffering from mild hypothermia. All three men were wearing life jackets. (Oct. 15)


Missing after capsize

Station Hobucken, N.C.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a 43-year-old man who went missing after the 15-foot skiff he was riding in capsized on the Neus River. The man was last seen going underwater by the skiff’s other occupant, a 70-year-old man, who was able to swim ashore after the skiff overturned. Neither of the men were wearing life vests. Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Hobucken and Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., working with Marine Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., rescue helicopter Pedro and the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office were unable to locate the missing man. (Oct. 16)


Catamaran capsizes

Station Tybee Island, S.C.

Two teenagers were rescued by the Coast Guard after their 14-foot catamaran flipped off Hilton Head, S.C. Three teens had departed on the boat, and a parent of one of them called the Coast Guard to report the three overdue. Shortly after the Coast Guard received the call, one of the teens swam to shore on the Hilton Head coast. The teen went to a nearby house and the residents called 911. With an area to search, Coast Guard Station Tybee Island, S.C., quickly found the two remaining teens off the Hilton Head coast. (Oct. 23)


One rescued, two missing

Station Niagara, N.Y.

The Coast Guard continued searching for two passengers of a 16-foot pleasure boat after it capsized on the Niagara River. The boat, with three people on board, capsized as it was heading toward Lake Ontario. A good Samaritan rescued the captain of the boat. One male and one female passenger were still missing. Crews from Coast Guard Station Niagara and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, along with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department and Canadian resources were continuing their search. (Oct. 8)