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Coast Guard response report

Recent responses from Florida, New Orleans and around the nation

Recent responses from Florida, New Orleans and around the nation

Sailors vs. hurricane

Station Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Two boaters on board their 37-foot sailboat requested the assistance of the Coast Guard as they were unable to continue to sustain the high winds and seas of Hurricane Jeanne. The master of the sailboat contacted the Coast Guard, saying they were having difficulty steering. The Coast Guard remained in contact with the sailboat throughout the early morning hours, monitoring the situation. As the sailboat approached the entrance to San Carlos Bay, the heavy winds actually began pulling it backward. A Station Fort Myers Beach 47-foot rescue boat was dispatched to the scene of the sailboat to render assistance. However, due to the high winds and heavy seas, the Coast Guard crew was unable to take the sailboat in tow or remove the two sailors from their boat. Weather conditions on scene consisted of 45- to 50-knot winds and 8- to 10-foot seas. Unable to remove the sailors from the sailboat, the Coast Guard crew returned to base. Another crew from Station Fort Myers Beach returned to the location of the sailboat and made another attempt to take the vessel in tow or remove the sailors. The boat crew was able to remove the sailors from their boat. They were reportedly suffering from seasickness but otherwise not in need of any immediate medical assistance. The Coast Guard rescue boat was en route to Station Fort Myers Beach. (Sept. 26)

Capsize in the surf

Station Point Allerton, Mass.

A Coast Guard boat and helicopter crew responded to a report of a boat capsized in the surf off New Inlet in Scituate, Mass. A person on the beach saw the boat capsize and called the Coast Guard. Station Point Allerton sent a rescue boat and Air Station Cape Cod sent a helicopter to assist. The Scituate Fire department and harbormaster also responded. Shallow water around the boat prevented rescuers from reaching the people from the water. The two people eventually made it safely ashore and the Scituate Fire Department reported they were not injured. (Oct. 2)

Pleasure boat taking on water

Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

Six people were assisted by the Coast Guard after their 23-foot Bayliner started taking on water about 20 miles off Virginia Beach. After Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators requested assistance from any vessels near the distressed boaters, a foreign-flagged, 300-meter bulk carrier dispatched its small boat to the scene to evacuate the boaters if necessary. Less than an hour after the mayday call, a Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., arrived at the scene and lowered a dewatering pump to the sinking boat. A 47-foot rescue boat from Station Little Creek, Va., approached as the bayliner pumped out enough water to begin making its way toward shore. The rescue boat and the Virginia Marine Police escorted the bayliner to Rudee Inlet. The six people on board the bayliner reported no injuries, and were all wearing life jackets. (Oct. 2)

Swamp tour airboat overturns

Air Station New Orleans

The Coast Guard suspended its search today for a person reportedly missing in the water after an airboat capsized near Crown Point in Lake Salvadore, La. All the passengers on the swamp tour airboat were accounted for and alive. The Coast Guard received a report that a Louisiana Swamp Tours airboat had capsized with 16, possibly 17 passengers on board. An HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Air Station New Orleans assisted in the search along with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office New Orleans were conducting the investigation of the incident. (Oct. 2)