COAST GUARD RESPONSES

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Crane crushes boats

Atlantic City, N.J.

A crane collapsed causing damage to two boats and spilling diesel fuel into the water in Brigantine, N.J. The crane spilled approximately 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel into the St. George Thoroughfare after landing on two pleasure boats that were moored at the dock. A 25-foot Century center console sustained the most damage by the crane while the other boat incurred minor damage. The cause of the crane’s collapse was under investigation. (Nov. 4)

Small boat taking on water

Station St. Petersburg, Fla.

Crews from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg responded to a call from two boaters on board a 19-foot boat taking on water one mile northeast of the Skyway Bridge. The boaters, who are brothers, and their two dogs, were spending the day fishing near the bridge when their bilge pump stopped working and their boat began taking on water. They called 911 using their cell phone. Station St. Petersburg immediately responded, dispatching two 25-foot rescue boats to the location of the sinking boat. Within 15 minutes the Coast Guard crews were on scene and transferred a P-6 pump to the boat. Although the pump was able to remove the water, the boat’s bilge pump was still inoperable. The Coast Guard took the boat in tow along with the two men and their dogs to a marina in St. Petersburg. (Oct. 27)

CG airlifts boater

Air Station Savannah, Ga.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah airlifted an 85-year-old man from a beached 21-foot boat on Ossabaw Island, Ga. The man was picked up by an Air Station Savannah HH-65 rescue crew because of medical concerns from recent heart surgery. His 49-year-old son was left behind with a radio dropped off by the air crew. The son was not in distress, and decided to stay with the boat and remove it at high tide. Neither man had injuries from the grounding. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources was also on scene by the time the Coast Guard rescue crew arrived. The two stranded men were able to contact Georgia DNR by cell phone. DNR then contacted the Coast Guard, which launched the rescue helicopter. (Nov. 4)

Man missing after capsize

Station Tybee Island, Ga.

Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Tybee Island, Ga., Air Facility Charleston, S.C., along with Coast Guard Auxiliary, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Marine Corps Angel One are searching the Beaufort River basin for a 40-year-old man. Local Marine Rescue Services reported a capsized 16-foot boat in the Cowen Creek area to Coast Guard Group Charleston. A Coast Guard rescue crew from Tybee Island along with crews from Air Facility Charleston responded immediately. Georgia DNR divers searched the area. Marine One crewmembers have infrared vision capabilities. The cause of the capsized vessel was not known at the time. If anyone has information on this case please contact the Coast Guard Group Charleston operations center at (843) 724-7616. (Nov. 10)