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Coast Guard responses - Florida and the South

Recent responses from Florida

Recent responses from Florida

54 hours in the water

Station St. Petersburg, Fla.

A Station St. Petersburg, Fla., rescue crew medically evacuated a 49-year-old man from a casino boat 10 miles west of St. Pete Beach, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The man was overturned in his kayak by a wave from a storm in the Gulf of Mexico. He was reported to be wearing a life jacket when recovered from the water. He had been in the water for more than 50 hours. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the casino boat reporting Graham’s condition and requesting Coast Guard assistance. Station St. Petersburg immediately launched a 41-foot utility boat to assist in the rescue. The rescue crew arrived and safely transferred the man to the 41-foot Coast Guard vessel where Pinellas County Fire and Rescue EMS were aboard. He was then transferred to FortDesoto pier where EMS was standing by. The rescued kayaker was reported to be in stable condition with early signs of hypothermia, a slight sunburn, and dehydration. No family members or friends of Graham’s notified the Coast Guard that he was overdue or possibly missing. The Coast Guard stresses to boaters to file a float plan with a responsible loved one or friend. (June 28)

No one aboard speeding boat

Sector Jacksonville, Fla.

A missing boater was rescued by an Air Force helicopter with the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., about five miles east of Southern Daytona Beach. The Air Force helicopter spotted the 66-year-old man and hoisted him to safety. The Air Force crew transported the man to DaytonaInternationalAirport where he denied medical treatment. He was in good condition upon his release. An Air Force crew on a training mission found the man’s 21-foot pleasure boat with the throttle fully engaged about two miles off Ormond Beach, Fla., with no one aboard. The Air Force contacted Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Jacksonville. Rescue coordinators launched a massive search that included search assets from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, Fla., the Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher from Mayport, Fla., two helicopters from the 920th Rescue Wing, a FlaglerCounty helicopter and numerous Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Fire Rescue firemen. (June 28)

Collision with adrift boat

Sector Jacksonville, Fla.

The Coast Guard rescue coordinators closed the case on two missing boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway near the JamesTurnerButlerBlvd.Bridge after significant investigative work by rescue coordinators. The 32-year-old man and his friend were on a 12-foot jonboat when a 32-foot sportfishing boat and the jonboat collided. The jonboat immediately sank, sending the two men in the water. The 32-foot boat stopped and picked up the men and took them to the Beach Blvd. Boat Ramp in Jacksonville Beach. Earlier, the two men had lost two blades on their propeller and drifted into the navigational channel in the ICW when the accident occurred. A good Samaritan heading north on the ICW called Coast Guard rescue coordinators and reported seeing fuel and debris in the vicinity of the JOB Bridge. The good Samaritan had towed the two men to that area earlier in the evening and left them to fish near the bridge. The debris the boater saw matched the boat he’d towed earlier. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter rescue crew from Savannah, Ga., and a rescue boat crew from Mayport, Fla., to search the area. The crews spotted several life jackets and floating debris in the area. Coast Guard crews searched the ICW and St. Johns River, Fla., throughout the night for missing boaters with the help of crews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Meanwhile, Coast Guard rescue coordinators were looking for any information about the boaters they could find. Rescue coordinators contacted all of the commercial salvage companies in the area and asked them to provide the phone numbers of anyone who had called for assistance that night. Rescue coordinators called the numbers and eventually got a hold of the boat owner’s wife who put them in touch with the man at home. Investigators with FWC were investigating the incident. (July 1)

Woman falls overboard

Sector Miami, Fla.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a 42-year-old woman after Coast Guard and Bahamian Air Sea Rescue Association crews spent three days searching more than 700 square miles of ocean, 90 miles east of Miami. The woman was reported to have fallen off a 49-foot sportfisherman yacht. The captain anchored the boat, and the people aboard realized she was missing about 30 minutes later. Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a radio call from a motor vessel, which was relaying the information from the sportfisher. The Coast Guard immediately notified two cutters to begin searching the area. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami was launched to assist in the search efforts. The Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft along with a cutter searched the area the next day and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter station in Autec, Bahamas, searched the area the day after that, along with the cutter. It was reported to the Coast Guard that crewmembers on the pleasure boat were able to deploy an EPIRB after they noticed the woman missing. The beacon was activated in order to provide the direction of the current in the area to the search and rescue coordinators directing the search efforts. It was also reported that the woman was not wearing a life jacket. The Coast Guard also deployed its own data buoy used in information gathering for the search. (July 5)