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 owner of the crane company was working with Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Philadelphia, Pa., SeaTow and Northstar Marine to clean the spill and salvage the boats. SeaTow placed a containment boom around the spill that stretched roughly 40 yards across by 100 yards long. The cause of the crane’s collapse was under investigation. (Nov. 4)

Engineless and adrift

Air Station Detroit, Mich.

After missing for more than 50 hours, an overdue Canadian fisherman was hoisted to safety by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. The Canadian Rescue Coordination Center in Trenton requested the U.S. Coast Guard assistance in the search for the man after family members reported him overdue. He set out during the morning to retrieve commercial fishing nets and was expected to return by noon. Before he could return, his engine failed, and his boat drifted for two days. Heavy fog hampered search efforts, grounding an HH-65 rescue helicopter the first night. Station Port Huron continued the search during the dense fog. A Canadian Coast Guard C-130 located the man. Air Station Detroit transported him to EMS in Sarnia, Ontario, to be treated for mild hypothermia. (Nov. 18)

Kayakers rescued

Air Station Detroit, Mich.

Coast Guard personnel from the Detroit area rescued two kayakers after their kayak capsized in the Detroit River near Grosse Ile. A rescue boat from Station Belle Isle and a helicopter from Air Station Detroit were launched after the report was received from local police. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted two people from the water. One person swam to Celeron Island and was in good condition. The two kayakers were then flown to Grosse Ile airport and turned over to EMS. (Oct. 30)