Recent responses from New York and around the nation
Recent responses from New York and around the nation
Station Fire Island, N.Y.
Babylon Bay Constables rescued two boaters whose pleasure boat was engulfed in flames near Babylon, N.Y. The boaters were reportedly in good condition. Coast Guard Station Fire Island received a call from West Islip Fire Department and dispatched two 25-foot rescue boat crews who arrived on scene in 10 minutes. When the Coast Guard arrived the boat was fully engulfed by flames. The West Islip Fire Department was fighting the fire and the Coast Guard transferred one of its crewmen aboard to assist in putting the fire out. While in flames, the 42-foot boat broke free from the pier. A Coast Guard Auxiliary unit quickly lassoed the wayward pleasure boat. Once officials extinguished the blaze, the damaged boat started taking on water. Coast Guard and West Islip Fire Department then dewatered the boat. The cause of the fire was unknown. A Coast Guard investigation was under way. A commercial tow service towed the boat to a nearby marina. (Sept. 1)
Taking on water
Station Great Egg, N.J.
The Coast Guard assisted a boater after his 26-foot boat started taking on water about 14 miles southeast of Atlantic City. The Coast Guard received the distress call from the operator who reported having more than a foot of water in the boat. The Coast Guard launched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Great Egg, N.J., and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. The air crew arrived first and monitored the situation until the Coast Guard boat crew arrived. Once on scene the boat crew escorted the boat to Somers Point, N.J. (Sept. 2)
Solo sailor missing
Station Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard called off its search for a missing 90-year-old man after he was found deceased on BrigantineBeach. A good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard after they spotted Miller’s 22-foot sailboat drifting about 17 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. The Coast Guard launched several helicopter rescue crews from Air Station Atlantic City, a boat crew from Station Atlantic City, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Albacore and a C-130 Hercules air crew from Elizabeth City, N.C. A good Samaritan found the man on BrigantineBeach and contacted the local police. He was declared dead at the scene. (Sept. 8)
Boat collision injures three
Station Castle Hill, R.I.
Three pleasure boaters were injured in a collision with a charter boat near Newport, R.I. A 49-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl suffered head injuries and a 13-year-old boy’s leg was injured when their 23-foot center console boat collided with a 42-foot charter boat. No injuries were reported from the fourth passenger aboard the pleasure boat or to the charter boat’s nine passengers. The charter boat’s master called the Coast Guard on the VHF radio to report the collision north of Goat Island. A 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill was in the area and diverted to the scene. An additional 41-foot boat crew from Station Castle Hill launched to assist. A Newport Harbormaster boat was first on scene and removed all three passengers aboard the recreational boat. The passengers were transferred to the 41-foot Coast Guard boat and were further transported to EMS standing by at PerrottiPark in NewportHarbor. The injured passengers were ultimately transported to NewportHospital for medical treatment. The pleasure boat sustained some damage to the bow and was towed by Newport Harbormaster. The case was under investigation. (Sept. 1)
Station Gloucester, Mass.
The Coast Guard airlifted a 16-year-old passenger on a charter boat after he suffered from a reported seizure about 15 miles offshore from Gloucester, Mass. Coast Guard Station Gloucester received the report from a crewman aboard the 75-foot charter boat that the teenager had fallen and needed medical assistance. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew was dispatched to the scene, in addition to a Coast Guard cutter which was in the area. The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew transferred the teenager to the cutter. A Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod arrived, hoisted the patient from the cutter and flew him to Massachusetts GeneralHospital. The teenager was reported to be in good condition. (Aug. 31)
PWC rider located
Station Merrimack River, N.H.
A 34-year-old jet skier reported missing the night before was found in the PlumIslandRiver. Ipswich Fire department, who assisted in the search, found the mildly hypothermic man with his jet ski. Crew of a 47-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Merrimack River took the man aboard and transported him to Station Merrimack where EMS were standing by. He was treated and released. The jet ski was taken to Station Merrimack. Coast Guard Station Merrimack River received a VHF radio call reporting the jet skier missing. He had been traveling from Gloucester with two other jet skiers and a 24-foot pleasure boat heading up the Merrimack River towards Haverhill, Mass. (Sept. 2)
Sailor with chest pains
Station Oxford, Md.
The Coast Guard medevaced a man from his sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay after reporting that he was suffering from chest pains. The 60-year-old man was aboard his 23-foot sailboat with his wife near Calvert Cliffs Power Plant when he began experiencing pain in his chest. His wife called TowBoatU.S. from a cell phone and requested help. TowBoatU.S. relayed the call to Coast Guard Sector Baltimore’s command center. Watchstanders at the sector directed Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., to launch a rescue crew. With the help of a Maryland State Police helicopter crew, who located the sailboat and guided the Coast Guard rescue crew to the location, members from Station Oxford were able to remove both individuals from the sailboat. They were taken to Flag Harbor Marina in Calvert County, Md., where they were met by local EMS and taken to CalvertMemorialHospital. The sailboat was being towed by TowBoatU.S. (Sept. 8)
Aground on jetty
Station Georgetown, S.C.
Coast Guard and MurrellsInlet-Garden City Fire Department rescue crews pulled two men from their 25-foot pleasure boat after it ran aground on the jetties at the entrance to Murrells Inlet. The boat’s operator sent a text message to his girlfriend for her to contact the Coast Guard. The girlfriend contacted Station Georgetown to get help for the men. The Coast Guard responded with a 25-foot rescue boat from Station Georgetown, and Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, S.C., launched to assist the boaters. The rescue boat crew from Station Georgetown arrived at the boaters’ position first, and the helicopter returned to base. The two men on the boat initially intended on waiting for commercial salvage to pick them up and remove their boat from the jetties. They decided that the cost of salvage was too much and wanted to remain on their boat. Coast Guard rescue crews determined that staying on the jetties on the boat overnight was too dangerous and ordered the men off the boat. A Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department rescue boat crew had to be sent in to get the men because the water was too shallow for the Coast Guard rescue boat. The firefighters transferred the two boaters over to the Coast Guard rescue crew who transported the boaters to a boat landing. (Sept. 15)
Station Charleston, S.C.
A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a man after he fell from his catamaran and was reported missing by his fellow sailor about one mile off Isle of Palms, S.C. The 56-year-old man was sailing with a friend when he fell off their catamaran. The man’s friend tried to recover him, but couldn’t maneuver the catamaran to his position. The man’s friend beached the catamaran and called 911. Dispatchers from 911 contacted Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Charleston to assist in the search effort. A Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Station Charleston launched to assist in the rescue along with a Coast Guard rescue aircrew from Air Facility Charleston. Rescue units from the Isle of Palms Fire Department, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Department of natural resources also assisted in the search. The Coast Guard rescue boat crew spotted the man about a mile off the most southern point of Isle of Palms. He was wearing a life jacket and was using his T-shirt as a signaling device. The rescued man was transported to Charleston Harbor Marina and was in good condition. (Sept. 7)
Disabled and adrift
Station Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard rescued four people who were disabled and adrift aboard a boat three miles south of Absecon Inlet, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the boat reporting they were taking on water. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched a helicopter crew and Coast Guard Station Atlantic City launched a boat crew to search the area. While responding to the report, the Coast Guard boat crew received a second report stating the boat had sunk and the two people aboard were rescued by a good Samaritan. However, the good Samaritan’s boat became disabled in the process. The Coast Guard boat crew located all four survivors and took the disabled boat in tow. The survivors and their boat were transported to the Tennessee Avenue boat ramp in Ocean City, N.J. (Sept. 19)