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Coast Guard response report Long Island Sound Nov. 2006

Recent responses from New York and other states

Recent responses from New York and other states

Medevac after grounding

Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

Station Alexandria Bay medically evacuated a 58-year-old woman from Cape Vincent. The woman experienced severe back spasms on a 37-foot sailboat, which grounded hard at the mouth of the St. Lawrence Seaway. (Aug. 10)

Missing teen boater

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

The Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police Department were searching for a missing boater last seen in the vicinity of Brown’s River in the Great South Bay. The 15-year-old boy departed his house in Sayville and left for an unknown location aboard his 20-foot pleasure boat. Coast Guard Station Fire Island and the Suffolk County Police Department each launched two rescue boat crews after the boy’s mother reported the teen missing. The search area was concentrated in the Great South Bay. Davis Park, Cherry Cove, Barrett Beach, East Fire Island and Watch Hill, where the boy’s sister was camping, were familiar areas to him and thought to be likely destinations for the teen. The Suffolk County Police Department dispatched three patrol cars in addition to their rescue boats in order to search campsites and the surrounding shore. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was scheduled to join the search at first light. (July 23)

Motoryacht ablaze

Station Sandy Hook, N.J.

Good Samaritans rescued seven people from a 45-foot motoryacht in Raritan Bay when an electrical fire broke out aboard. The crew of a nearby charter fishing boat came alongside the burning yacht and brought the seven passengers aboard. The fire went out on its own within minutes. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook was immediately dispatched after receiving an emergency broadcast by marine band radio. The rescue crew boarded the motor yacht and set its anchor before transporting one of the passengers who sustained a minor injury to Atlantic Highlands where emergency medical personnel where waiting. All of the passengers were wearing life jackets. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (Aug. 4)

Powerboat, sailboat collide

Station Sand Key, Fla.

Coast Guard Station Sand Key medically evacuated two people after a boat collision one nautical mile north of Anclote Island, Fla. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call on VHF channel 16, reporting that a 29-foot pleasure boat with five people aboard collided with an anchored 56-foot sailboat with two people aboard. The reporting source stated that two people were possibly injured after being thrown from the boats. Coast Guard Station Sand Key immediately launched a 25-foot rescue boat and arrived on scene. Station Sand Key medevaced a 43-year-old man, who was suffering from a possible broken ankle, and a 55-year-old man, who was suffering from a head laceration. The two were taken to Pasco County EMS at the Anclote boat ramp. A Pasco County Marine Unit and two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine units were also on scene to assist the injured boaters. The 38-year-old owner and operator of the pleasure boat and his three passengers along with a woman from the sailboat were transferred from the boats by FWC officials for questioning. Sea Tow salvaged the pleasure boat and towed it to Anclote boat ramp. The sailboat remains anchored. FWC was investigating the incident. (July 27)