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Coast Guard Responses – Florida

Recent responses from Florida, the Caribbean and the South

Recent responses from Florida, the Caribbean and the South

Boater’s body found

Station Miami Beach, Fla.

The Coast Guard has ended its search after a good Samaritan located the body of a 45-year-old missing Miami boater three miles east of Sands Key, Fla. The victim’s unmanned boat, still engaged, was located by two good Samaritans off Elliott Key, Fla. The Good Samaritans managed to stop the boat, and after going on board, located a cellular phone. They called the last number dialed and spoke with a person claiming to be the man’s father. Search-and-rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Station Islamorada, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., Air Station Miami, Coast Guard Cutters Ocracoke and Gannet, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue searched more than 3,000 square miles for almost three days in an effort to locate the man. (Jan. 29)

Four in the water

Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A Coast Guard rescue crew from Station Fort Lauderdale pulled four people to safety after their 17-foot pleasure boat capsized off Haulover Inlet, Fla. The four men were about a mile outside of the inlet when their vessel unexpectedly capsized and left the four in the water. A Good Samaritan notified the Coast Guard, using a VHF radio.The rescue crew from Fort Lauderdale launched their 33-foot SPC-LE vessel and safely recovered each person and transferred them to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Sea Tow also responded and was able to salvage the capsized boat and tow it to a nearby marina. (Feb. 16)

Shark bite victim hoisted

Air Station Miami, Fla.

The crew of a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami hoisted a shark-bite victim about 50 miles east of Fort Lauderdale. The 50-year-old man was diving off the 70-foot commercial diving boat when he was attacked by the shark. The Coast Guard received a mayday from a crew member. The Dolphin helicopter crew was immediately launched and, once on scene, safely hoisted the man and transferred him to a hospital in Miami. (Feb. 24)

Skipper missing in capsize

Air Station Borinquen, P.R.

The Coast Guard is searching for a boater whose 20-foot fishing boat was found overturned about seven miles north of Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico, received a telephone call from the wife of the man from the British Virgin Islands, reporting that he was overdue. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and boat crews from the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue unit were all launched to search for the man. If anyone has any information on the missing man, they are asked to contact Sector San Juan at (787) 289-2040. (Feb. 14)

Haitian mariners rescued

Caribbean Sea

The crew of Coast Guard cutter Dependable rescued five Haitian mariners after the 40-foot wooden sailboat they were on became disabled about 25 miles off the coast of Haiti. The five men had been under way for eight days and were transiting from Nassau, Bahamas, back to Haiti, carrying cargo of mattresses and batteries. The survivors reported their mast had broken the night before during heavy winds and they had no engine. An HH-65C rescue helicopter crew located the men in a 10-foot dinghy towing the sailboat toward Haiti. The Haitian crew requested assistance and a rescue crew from Dependable went aboard the boat to assess its stability and to rig a towline. The crew of Dependable towed the sailboat about 25 miles into Cap du Mole, Haiti. (Feb. 20)

Search for overdue anglers

Station Gulfport, Miss.

The Coast Guard located two fishermen in the Chandeleur Sound after they were reported overdue by the wife of one of the fishermen. Coast Guard Station Gulfport received a call from the wife, reporting that her husband and his friend had not returned home from a fishing trip. The Coast Guard launched an HU-25 Falcon crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center and a 41-foot small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gulfport to help locate the men. The crew of the Falcon spotted the men and contacted them via a radio they dropped on their location. The fishermen had been stranded due to a seized engine, and were towed into Bay St. Louis, Miss., by a Good Samaritan. (Feb. 24)

Tanker loses anchor

Charleston, S.C.

The Coast Guard and other local agencies were searching for a ship’s missing anchor in the CooperRiver. A 584-foot Liberian-flagged tank vessel lost propulsion in the river just north of the RavenelBridge. The vessel dropped its port anchor; however, it separated from the vessel and sank in the CooperRiver between Drum Island Reach and Wando Lower Reach. The exact position and depth of the anchor was unknown. The tank vessel was secured, and the Coast Guard captain of the port in Charleston established a safety zone for the Cooper and WandoRiver from the RavenelBridge to the DonHoltBridge. Salvage crews eventually recovered the separated anchor and chain from the bottom of the CooperRiver. The captain of the port then canceled the safety zone and re-opened the river to all traffic without restriction. (Feb. 17)