Recent responses from North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic region
Recent responses from North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic region
Stormy night adrift
Stations Ocracoke and
Hatteras Inlet, N.C.
Rescue crews from Coast Guard Stations Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlet (N.C.), and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (N.C.) searched the waters of Pamlico Sound, N.C., for two missing boaters. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call from the Dare County 911 center reporting a red skiff with a red top, disoriented and out of gas in Pamlico Sound. The report was received from a third party who was the last person to see the boat. The Coast Guard, along with Hatteras Island Rescue and Dare and Hyde counties, searched throughout the night and morning. After spending a stormy night at sea, the boat was located by a good Samaritan vessel. The skiff was being towed to Englehard, N.C. The boat was a rental and had no marine radio or GPS onboard. (June 22)
Three aboard burning boat
Station Annapolis, Md.
The Coast Guard rescued three people from a boat that caught fire three miles off the coast of Chesapeake Beach, Md., in Chesapeake Bay. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis deployed a 25-foot response boat after receiving a call on channel 16 reporting gray smoke coming from a 40-foot cabin cruiser. The rescue crew from Station Annapolis arrived on scene and took the boaters off the vessel. An Anne Arundel fire-and-rescue boat arrived on scene and was able to extinguish the blaze that reportedly started in the engine compartment. There were no injuries reported. SeaTow took the cabin cruiser in tow to a nearby marina. (June 23)
Two days in a life raft
A 60-year-old was rescued from a life raft 102 miles off the North Carolina coast by the Coast Guard after his sailboat began taking on water and capsized. The man reported that he attempted to contact help with his sailboat’s radio, but was unsuccessful. He also reported that the sailboat sank so quickly he was unable to gather food, water or his ship’s EPIRB. The Coast Guard said the man informed them he didn’t think he would be able to survive another day without food and water, but knew he was going home after he saw the Coast Guard C-130 flying over his raft. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina were notified by a cruise ship that their crew had spotted a capsized boat off the Atlantic coast. Sector Hampton Roads relayed this information to the personnel at Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Portsmouth, which launched a Coast Guard C-130J aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (N.C.), to investigate. Upon arriving, the aircrew spotted a debris field and a covered life raft. After several low flybys of the raft, the aircrew reported seeing a person onboard and notified the watchstanders at RCC Portsmouth. The stranded man was hoisted from the raft a short time later by a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from ElizabethCity and flown to CarteretCountyHospital for treatment. Upon arriving at the hospital, the man was treated for mild hypothermia and dehydration. (June 6)
Sailboat runs aground
Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Coast Guard and Navy crews teamed up to rescue two people from a grounded sailboat in the Potomac River. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report from a good Samaritan that a 30-foot sailboat had gone aground in the Potomac River near Point Lookout. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes launched and an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) was issued. NavalAirStationPatuxentRiver responded to the UMIB and launched an H-3 Sea King helicopter crew. The crew hoisted the two boaters and transported them to PointLookoutBeach. The Coast Guard boat crew conducted a survivor debrief and confirmed there were no medical concerns. Because of problems with the sailboat’s radio, the two could not contact help. (June 24)
Disabled near jetty
Station Indian River, Del.
The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a disabled 32-foot sportfishing boat near the north jetty rocks. A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Indian River (Del.) received a call from a crewmember aboard the sportfisher reporting they were in need of assistance transiting into Indian River Inlet. The crew reported they only had one working engine because of a broken shaft, no steering, low visibility because of fog, and were drifting towards the north jetty rocks. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Indian River arrived on scene and towed the boat to a nearby marina. (June 9)
Body of boater located
Sector Hampton Roads, Va.
The Coast Guard completed its search for a missing 49-year-old boater after search crews from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission located his body 1,000 yards east of marker three buoy in the vicinity of Mattawoman Creek, Va. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received the initial report that the man was missing after falling from a small catamaran in a storm with 4- to 6-foot seas and 23-mph winds. Coast Guard search crews aboard a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (N.C.), Coast Guard Cutter Cochito, Coast Guard Station Cape Charles (Va.), and the VMRC searched the area until the body was located. (June 17)
The Coast Guard rescued four people who were aboard a disabled 20-foot pleasure boat near the Tacony-PalmyraBridge. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City (N.J.), on a training flight, spotted people aboard the boat waving their arms and a light stick. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia arrived on scene and towed the boat and its crew to a boat ramp in Philadelphia. (June 13)
Search suspended for sailor
The U.S. and Canadian coast guards suspended their mid-Atlantic search for a missing 56-year-old sailor from Iceland, who was reportedly transiting from Bermuda to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Coast Guard watchstanders at Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk received notification from RCC Iceland that the man had not completed his voyage and suspended the search pending any further developments. Search crews aboard four C-130 search planes from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (N.C.), and Canadian Coast Guard search crews aboard a C-130 and an Aurora P-3 aircraft searched an area approximately 450 miles northwest of Bermuda to an area 600 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. The missing sailor was making his voyage aboard a 35-foot, single-mast, white-hulled sloop. Mariners are requested to notify RCC Norfolk at (757) 398-6390 if they have any information. (June 19)
Two in need of tow
Station Fortescue, N.J.
The Coast Guard rescued two people who were aboard a disabled 26-foot fishing boat in the vicinity of Bowers Beach, Del. The Coast Guard received a call from a good Samaritan who reported the boat was anchored, disabled and in need of assistance. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fortescue (N.J.), arrived on scene and towed the boat and its crew to a nearby marina. (June 3)