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Coast Guard Responses Florida November 2006

Recent responses from Florida and the South

Recent responses from Florida and the South

Collision, 5 aboard

Station Sand Key, Fla.

Coast Guard Station Sand Key medically evacuated two people after a boat collision one nautical mile north of Anclote Island, Fla. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call on VHF channel 16, reporting that a 29-foot pleasure boat with five people aboard collided with an anchored 56-foot sailboat with two people aboard. The reporting source stated that two people were possibly injured after being thrown from the boats. Coast Guard Station Sand Key immediately launched a 25-foot rescue boat and arrived on scene. Station Sand Key medevaced a 43-year-old man, who was suffering from a possible broken ankle, and a 55-year-old man, who was suffering from a head laceration. The two were taken to Pasco County EMS at the Anclote boat ramp. A Pasco County Marine Unit and two Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine units were also on scene to assist the injured boaters. The 38-year-old owner and operator of the pleasure boat and his three passengers along with a woman from the sailboat were transferred from the boats by FWC officials for questioning. Sea Tow salvaged the pleasure boat and towed it to Anclote boat ramp. The sailboat remains anchored. FWC was investigating the incident. (July 27)

Boat fire, four aboard

Station Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach responded to a boat fire with four people aboard about three miles west of Naples, Fla. The station received a call from the captain of a 56-foot yacht, reporting that the boat had an engine-room fire and the on-board extinguishing system had failed to put the fire out completely. Station Fort Myers Beach immediately launched a 25-foot rescue boat to respond to the vessel on fire, along with Cutter Marlin, Naples Fire and Rescue, Lee County Sheriffs Office, TowBoatU.S. and Sea Tow out of Naples. Station Fort Myers Beach transported the people on board from the boat and brought them to Naples where they were in good condition. Naples Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire, and TowBoatU.S. towed the yacht back to the owner’s home in Naples. (July 22)

Aboard sinking boat

Station Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach rescued four people from a half-submerged boat, 14 nautical miles west of Fort Myers Beach. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call on VHF channel 16, reporting that a 21-foot pleasure boat was taking on water and sinking with four people aboard. Station Fort Myers Beach immediately launched a 25-foot rescue boat and arrived on scene. The Coast Guard crew transferred four people from the sinking boat to the Coast Guard rescue boat. The Coast Guard was able to dewater the boat with a pump, and tow it to Sea Tow. Sea Tow brought the boat to a boat ramp in Fort Myers. The owner/ operator of the boat and his three passengers were in good condition. (Aug. 1)

Vessel fire, 40 aboard

Station Grand Isle, La.

Coast Guard crews rescued 40 people from a 175-foot research vessel on fire about 10 miles south of Grand Isle, La., after receiving a distress call. Coast Guard crews from cutter Pelican, Station Grand Isle and Air Station New Orleans were dispatched to assist after the Coast Guard received the distress call. Once on scene the HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station New Orleans airlifted two injured crew members from cutter Pelican who were reportedly suffering from minor injuries. Cutter Pelican and Station Grand Isle’s 41-foot utility boat crew transported the remaining research vessel’s crewmembers to Fourchon, La. (Aug. 11)

Boat thief suspected

Station Brunswick, Ga.

The Coast Guard recovered a boat stolen from River City Marina in Jacksonville. A crew from Coast Guard Station Brunswick, Ga., recovered the 41-foot Chris-Craft yacht on the Brunswick River two miles east of the Sidney Lanier Bridge. The crew of Station Brunswick came upon the boat during a homeland security patrol. There was a man aboard who said he had broken down and was waiting for commercial salvage. The Coast Guard crew continued on their patrol. A Coast Guard crew went back out to the 41-foot boat after receiving a report it was still anchored in the channel with no navigation lights. The crew boarded the boat and found no one aboard. The crew began searching the area around the boat for someone possibly in the water and turned up nothing. They suspended their search and Station Brunswick later received word from the Coast Guard Investigative Service that the boat was stolen. The crew towed the boat back to Station Brunswick where it will be turned over to its owner. CGIS had several good leads and is investigating the boat theft. (Aug. 17)

Mariner surrenders license

Station Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The captain of a charter fishing boat voluntarily surrendered his Coast Guard issued license to Coast Guard personnel after testing over the legal blood alcohol limit of .04 percent. Coast Guard personnel in Myrtle Beach, S.C., received a report that the operator of the fishing boat was potentially operating under the influence of alcohol. The boat left a marina with five passengers aboard to go fishing and then grounded on a sand bar. After re-floating, the passengers requested to immediately return to the marina. According to the passengers, the captain of the boat demonstrated behavior consistent with being under the influence of alcohol so they called the owner of the boat and notified the Coast Guard. Coast Guard officers from Myrtle Beach immediately responded and administered two breath alcohol tests to the master of the fishing boat, resulting in readings of .115 and .110 percent. The legal limit for commercial vessel operators is .04 percent. After being advised of his right to due process, the boat operator voluntarily surrendered his license to the Coast Guard. (July 27)