Recent responses from around the nation
Recent responses from around the nation
Alone and sinking
A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescued a stranded boater in Neuse Creek in the vicinity of Cherry Point, N.C., after he was reported overdue. The man was reported overdue initially by his wife when he did not return home at a scheduled time. He was located, standing on his skiff, which was partially submerged in shallow water. He was hoisted onboard the helicopter and transported to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, where he was evaluated by medical personnel. The Craven County Sheriffs Department, Coast Guard Station Hobucken, N.C., Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Cherry Point Fire and Rescue assisted with the search. (March 8)
Apprehended on cruise ship
Station Mayport, Fla.
The Coast Guard helped the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team apprehend a murder suspect aboard a Jacksonville, Fla.,-based cruise ship. The 29-year-old man was apprehended aboard a Carnival Cruise ship by marshals about five miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River. The man was wanted by the Atlanta Police Department for felony murder and aggravated assault with a weapon. U.S. Marshals from the Southeast Regional Task Force found out the man had flown to Jacksonville on a passenger jet from Atlanta. Members of the U.S. Marshals F.A.S.T. determined that the man then boarded the cruise ship and was bound for Freeport, Bahamas. The U.S. Marshals contacted the Coast Guard for help in stopping the cruise ship. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port ordered the ship to stop before entering international waters. A boat crew from the Coast Guard Station in Mayport, Fla., transported U.S. Marshals and Coast Guard Investigative Service agents to the ship. U.S. Marshals and Coast Guard CGIS agents boarded and quickly located the man with the help of the ship’s crew. He was taken in to custody without incident. The suspect was taken to Station Mayport via the Coast Guard boat. He was to be held in the Duval County Jail pending his extradition to Atlanta. The man is believed to have intentionally used his vehicle as a weapon to assault another man after the two had argued at a party in Atlanta. As a result of the incident, the other man died Feb. 9. (Feb. 29)
Tow line parts
Air Station Savannah, Ga.
The Coast Guard rescued five men from a powerless boat after it broke away from its tow 17 miles east of St. Augustine, Fla. The five men were aboard a gambling boat that departed Fort Lauderdale enroute to Jacksonville for repairs. While in transit, the boat became disabled and arrangements were made to have a 79-foot motor vessel tow the boat the rest of the way to Jacksonville. Late in the evening, the tow line parted, leaving the five men on the disabled gambling boat in rough seas. They managed to anchor the boat to keep it from drifting and contacted the Coast Guard for assistance. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Air Station Savannah, Ga., to rescue the five men. On-scene weather at the time of the rescue included seas of approximately 10 feet and wind gusts up to 40 knots. All five men were brought to the St. Augustine airport in good condition. The boat owner was making arrangements to bring the boat to port safely. (March 8)
Night at sea
Station Cortez, Fla.
The Coast Guard rescued three men from a disabled and adrift 25-foot pleasure boat 25 miles west of Sarasota. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., watchstanders received a 911 call from the mother of one of the boaters, reporting that he and his friends were overdue from a boating trip. The three men were spotted aboard the disabled boat by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 search plane. They were transferred to a 41-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Cortez, in Bradenton, Fla., and safely arrived at the station. None of the three men were reported to have suffered any injuries. Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne arrived on scene and took the pleasure boat in tow until the 41-foot Coast Guard boat from Station Cortez could rendezvous with the cutter and finish towing the boat to Coquina Boat Ramp in Sarasota. (March 13)
Vessel on fire
Station Yaquina Bay, Ore.
CoastGuardStationYaquinaBay assisted the Newport (Ore.) Fire Department with a 24-foot boat on fire at the Southside Marina fuel docks. StationYaquinaBay launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew to assist with the firefighting efforts. There were two people aboard the boat when the engine caught fire during fueling, throwing one of the boaters overboard. The boater was able to swim to the dock and safely get out of the water. The fire was contained and the rescue crews were able to tow the boat to a nearby dock, away from the fueling area. The cause of the fire was later attributed to the boat not having a blower onboard, which pushes fumes away from the engine compartment during start-up. The boat also had a non-marine carburetor installed. Both people were transported to SamaritanPacificCommunitiesHospital in Newport where they were treated and released. (Feb. 25)
Station New Orleans, La.
After an expansive three-day search of Lake Pontchartrain and the surrounding area, the Coast Guard has suspended its search for two young men, ages 16 and 18, who went missing in the area of LincolnBeach in New Orleans East. Multiple rescue crews from Air Station New Orleans and small-boat Station New Orleans searched for more than 40 hours while conducting more than 22 search patterns on the lake. Assisting the Coast Guard in the search was the New Orleans Levee Police and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The Coast Guard plans to continue to broadcast Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts (UMIBs) asking local boaters to be on the lookout for the young men and to report it to local law enforcement agencies or the Coast Guard. (March 12)