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Capsized sailing vessel

Station Rockland, Maine

Coast Guard Station Rockland received a report from a fishing boat that a sailboat was aground and partially submerged on Marshall Point in the vicinity of Port Clyde, Maine. The Coast Guard had deployed two 47-foot Motor Lifeboats and a cutter as well as an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod in search of the sailboat and its 63-year-old owner. Sector Field Office Southwest Harbor issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast. The fishing boat responded to the UMIB confirming the description of the 25-foot sailboat. Crewmembers aboard a Station Rockland Motor Lifeboat later located the owner. The cause of the incident was under investigation. Seas were reported to be 4 to 6 feet offshore, winds were at 10 to 15 knots, and the water temperature was 50 degrees. (Nov. 5)

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Missing sailboat captain

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

A crew aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod rescued a 74-year-old man from a 33-foot sailboat, 22 miles northeast of Provincetown and took him to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was reported to be in stable condition but suffering from hypothermia. The man’s friend was concerned for his safety as he sailed from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, to Gloucester. She contacted Coast Guard Sector Northern New England and Air Station Cape Cod searched the Gulf of Maine when a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet crew sighted the sailboat. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched, and once on scene deployed a rescue swimmer to rescue the man. The Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, had also been searching for the sailboat. (Oct. 26)

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Search for missing man

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

The Coast Guard in conjunction with the Plymouth fire, police and sheriff’s departments suspended its search for a 23-year old man after he went missing at White Horse Beach in Plymouth, Mass. Coast Guard crews aboard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, from Air Station Cape Cod searched during the night and the next morning from Plymouth to Manomet, Mass., roughly a nine-mile search pattern. Local authorities also conducted shoreline searches of White Horse Beach but found no signs of the man. The Coast Guard was notified that the man was in knee-deep water off White Horse Beach when he disappeared and did not resurface. The on-scene weather was 29-knot winds with 20-foot seas. (Oct. 26)

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Busy night for rescuers

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HH-60 Jayhawk aircrew recently flew two search-and-rescue cases back-to-back. Sector Northern New England received a report from a good Samaritan fishing boat that another 55-foot fishing boat was taking on water. The four crewmembers aboard were dressed in immersion suits and ready to abandon ship 80 miles southeast of Cape Elizabeth. Air Station Cape Cod received the call and launched a Jayhawk helicopter and HU-25A Falcon jet. Three crewmembers from the fishing boat jumped into the water while a rescue swimmer was deployed. The aircrew hoisted the men to the helicopter using a sling. Crewmembers aboard the reporting fishing boat took one of the other crewmembers aboard and transited back to their home port in Gloucester, Mass. Sea conditions were 15- to 20-foot swells and winds were 50 to 65 mph. The Jayhawk aircrew flew the men to Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, N.H., where an awaiting ambulance took them to a hospital for further evaluation. No injuries were reported. Salvage arrangements of the fishing boat were under way. Minutes after the Jayhawk refueled and was en route back to the air station, they were diverted to Monomoy Island to rescue two men stranded on the island after their 34-foot pleasure boat ran aground. The Jayhawk arrived on scene and a rescue swimmer deployed to land to evaluate the men for any injuries, of which there were none. The aircrew hoisted the men to the helicopter using a rescue basket and transported them to the air station. Air Station Cape Cod medical personnel evaluated the men and transported them to Falmouth Hospital for treatment of hypothermic symptoms. (Nov. 4)

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Adrift for days

Air Station Miami, Fla.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater C-130 crew assisted in the rescue of a Bahamian citizen after he spent four days adrift at sea. The 52-year-old man was discovered in an 18-foot Boston Whaler by a cruise ship. The cruise ship called Coast Guard Sector Miami who immediately launched an HH-65 Dauphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Miami to hoist the man from the disabled vessel. The Air Station Clearwater C-130 assisted the rescue by coordinating positions and standing by overhead for about 2-1/2 hours while awaiting arrival of the rescue helicopter from Miami. The rescue helicopter hoisted the man and transported him to Fort Pierce Airport where he was met by awaiting EMS, transferred to Lawnwood Hospital in Port St. Lucie, and treated for exposure and dehydration prior to release. (Nov. 18)