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Coast Guard Responses - Florida

Recent responses from the South and Puerto Rico

Recent responses from the South and Puerto Rico

Severe illness aboard

Air Station Savannah, Ga.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah (Ga.) medevaced a woman from a sailboat six miles east of St. Simons Island, Ga. The 35-year-old woman was aboard the sailboat when she began vomiting blood. Other members aboard the sailboat then contacted the Coast Guard for help. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah immediately launched to medevac the woman. Once on scene, she was hoisted and taken to SoutheastGeorgiaRegionalMedicalCenter in Brunswick, Ga., for medical care. (July 4)

Nine aboard a bay boat

Air Station New Orleans

The Coast Guard rescued nine people, approximately one mile southeast of EmelinePass, near Venice, La. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from one of the people on board a 23-foot bay boat reporting their boat had run aground. Coast Guard Station Venice immediately launched a 33-foot response boat to assist, but the response boat was unable to reach the stranded boaters because of shallow water. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew to assist the nine boaters, four of whom were children. The HH-65C crew arrived on scene and successfully hoisted all nine to safety. The stranded boaters were taken to Air Station New Orleans. (July 5)

Disabled sailing vessel

Sector New Orleans

The Coast Guard safely towed a disabled sailboat from the Gulf of Mexico to Sabine, Texas, after Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from a tank vessel reporting the sailboat had lost all electrical power with two people aboard and needed assistance. Coast Guard Cutter Bear was dispatched to the vicinity of the distressed vessel and took the sailboat in tow. Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon relieved Cutter Bear and finished towing the sailboats into Sabine, Texas. No injuries had been reported. (July 9)

Missing angler, sunken boat

Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico

The Coast Guard, along with the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA) and Forces United for Rapid Action (FURA), were searching for a fisherman who was reported missing near Guanica, Puerto Rico. The 48-year-old man departed Puerto Rico in an orange 20-foot, center-console boat early in the morning. The man was reported missing after a good Samaritan noticed an unmanned boat submerged in shallow water. Upon notification, search-and-rescue coordinators from Sector San Juan launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen to search the area. (July 25)

Three aboard disabled boat

Station Venice, La.

The Coast Guard rescued a family of three whose 20-foot pleasure boat became disabled and adrift approximately 18 miles south of SouthWestPass in the Gulf of Mexico. A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Venice was contacted by the family via VHF radio stating their boat had become disabled and a storm was approaching. Coast Guard Station Venice launched a 41-foot utility boat crew to locate and tow the family and boat to safety. The smallboat crew safely towed them to a nearby marina. (July 3)