Recent responses from Florida and the South
Recent responses from Florida and the South
Into heavy weather
Air Station Miami, Fla.
An HU-25 Falcon jet from Coast Guard Air Station Miami was searching for a 65-year-old man and his sailboat in the vicinity of Lake Worth Inlet, Fla. The man departed for the West End, Bahamas, from Port Everglades, Fla., with a group of four other boats. The reporting source stated shortly after the group departed the seas became too rough and all five boats decided to return to Port Everglades. All but the missing sailboat safely returned. The missing man was traveling on his 27-foot sailboat alone which he also lives on. (May 13)
Five in the water
Station Ponce Inlet, Fla.
Coast Guard search and rescue crews rescued five people from their capsized boat about four miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet. The five young men were in a 22-foot boat when it suddenly capsized. They were able to dial 911 to call for assistance. The Coast Guard immediately launched after being notified by local authorities. A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Ponce Inlet and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched to search for the group. The crew from Station Ponce Inlet spotted, rescued and brought the five men back to Station Ponce Inlet to awaiting EMS. All five boaters were wearing their life jackets. (May 18)
Unmanned boat, dead battery
Station Sand Key, Fla.
The Coast Guard suspended its search for a 50-year-old man missing in the vicinity of Hernando Beach, Fla. The man was discovered missing by officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission when they found his unmanned, white, 17-foot flats boat, with the keys in the ignition and the battery dead, along with various personal effects on board. Further investigation found that the man had left the HernandoBeach docks for a fishing trip. A Coast Guard Station Sand Key 25-foot response boat, a Coast Guard Air Station HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, along with FWC air and marine units, continued searching the area. It was unknown as to whether he was wearing a life jacket. (May 20)
Small boat swept away
Station Yankeetown, Fla.
The Coast Guard rescued two men from a beige, 16-foot ganoe (a canoe with a flat transom) about one mile west of the mouth of the WaccasassaRiver near Yankeetown, Fla. The two brothers were fishing when their ganoe was carried from shore by the tide. One of the men called his girlfriend and she called Coast Guard Station Yankeetown reporting the boaters in distress. A Coast Guard Station Yankeetown 18-foot response boat, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HH-60 rescue helicopter, from Clearwater, Fla., two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine units, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and two good Samaritans began searching the area. The Coast Guard helicopter crew located the brothers. A Station Yankeetown rescue crew arrived and towed the distressed boaters to the Waccasassa River Boat Ramp. No medical concerns were reported. (May 20)
Overboard without a PFD
Station New Orleans, La.
The Coast Guard ended its search in LakeMaurespas for a missing boater after he was located deceased. Coast Guard District 8 received the call from the daughter of the man, explaining that her mother and her father were aboard their 17-foot pleasure boat when it became disabled. The 47-year-old man jumped overboard allegedly to swim for authorities. The woman was taken ashore by local authorities. The couple was not wearing life jackets and had no means of communication onboard except a cell phone that lost battery charge. An HH-65C rescue helicopter crew from Air Station New Orleans eventually spotted the man in the vicinity of the south shore of Lake Maurespas and directed local authorities to his position. A boat crew from St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered the man deceased and transferred him to the St. John the Baptist Parish Corner’s Office. (May 8)
Taking on water
Station Georgetown, S.C.
The Coast Guard assisted a 26-foot boat with three people aboard taking on water at the BP-25 artificial reef. The boater and his two passengers radioed the Coast Guard over VHF channel 16 that they were taking on water and needed assistance. A helicopter from Air Facility Charleston diverted and a small boat from Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., launched to assist as well. The three men managed to control the amount of water entering the boat and started to make their way back to land. The Coast Guard helicopter followed the boat until Station Georgetown’s small boat arrived to escort the boat to shore. The distressed boat made it back to Merrills Inlet, S.C., under its own power and was taken out of the water. The three men were wearing their life jackets. (May 20)
Aground and injured
A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk Rescue helicopter crew based in Elizabeth City, N.C., responded to a report of an aground vessel with an injured boater in the Albemarle Sound. The crew arrived on scene and hoisted a 54-year-old man suffering from a concussion sustained when his pleasure boat went aground. The air crew transported the injured boater to AlbemarleHospital in Elizabeth City, N.C., where he was to be evaluated. The man was listed in stable condition. (May 24)
On board with chest pains
Station Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard medevaced a man off the coast of New Jersey after he reported he was suffering from chest pains. The 66-year-old man called the Coast Guard from a cell phone and reported that he was suffering from chest pains. He requested to be taken off his 38-foot pleasure boat four miles southeast of Atlantic City. A Coast Guard 47-foot boat crew from Station Atlantic City and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City were launched. The response boat crew arrived and was able to get the man aboard. A rescue swimmer was then lowered to the deck of the response boat and was able to get the man safely aboard the helicopter where he was flown back to Station Atlantic City and met by awaiting EMS. The man was taken to Mainland Hospital in Pomona, N.J. (April 21)
Heavy case load
Station San Francisco, Calif.
Due to harsh winds in the Bay Area, U.S. Coast Guard Station San Francisco found itself with an extensive caseload. A Coast Guard 41-foot rescue boat, from Station San Francisco, recovered three people from an overturned catamaran near Yerba Beuna Island at approximately 11:15 a.m. Station San Francisco then responded to a boat taking on water off of Brook Island in the Richmond Marina. Once on scene the crew of the 41-foot rescue boat assessed that the water was too shallow to assist the boat taking on water. Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye deployed its small boat to recover the people in distress. The Coast Guard Auxiliary responded to a windsurfer in distress off Coyote Point, after the windsurfer sustained a broken mast and sail and experienced trouble getting back to shore. Another windsurfer was able to assist. Both made it back to shore safely. A 26-foot cabin cruiser with eight people on board ran aground in the Oakland estuary. A Coast Guard 41-foot rescue boat, from Station San Francisco, was deployed to assist. When the rescue boat arrived, the boat in distress was already being assisted by another vessel and being towed to Grand Harbor Marina. The Coast Guard received a report of an overturned sailboat off Alameda Point, near the former Naval air station. A 41-foot rescue boat, from Station San Francisco, assisted the sailboat and recovered three people resting on top of the overturned boat. The crew of the sailboat was taken back to Station San Francisco and treated for mild hypothermia. (May 5)