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Coast Guard responses - Long Island Sound

Three teens rescued

Station Eatons Neck, N.Y.

The Coast Guard rescued three teenagers after they entered the water and were carried away from their 21-foot pleasure boat six miles off the coast of Northport, N.Y., in Long Island Sound. The group of friends were boating when one fell from the boat without a life jacket. The other two jumped into the water with three life jackets and a life ring and swam toward him. The two were able to reach him and hand him a life jacket but they were unable to swim back to the boat because the tide was carrying it away. A fourth boater, who remained on the boat, was unable to start the engine and called 911 operators. Emergency operators passed details of the situation to the SectorLong IslandSoundCommandCenter in New Haven, Conn. Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck, Suffolk County Marine Bureau, Northport Fire Rescue, Suffolk County Fire Rescue and a Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew responded. The Auxiliary air crew arrived on scene first and immediately located the teenager on the adrift boat. The crew passed its location to the command center, narrowing the search pattern as the boat crews zeroed in on likely locations of the missing teens. They were found floating together, clinging to the life ring and trying to swim to shore. They were rescued from the 58-degree water by the crew from Station Eatons Neck at 6 p.m. One of the young men was getting hypothermic. They were all taken ashore at a nearby beach where EMTs were waiting to treat them. From there, they were taken to HuntingtonHospital in stable condition. (May 14)

Sailboat taking on water

Station Cape May, N.J.

The Coast Guard launched rescue crews to assist the crew of a 46-foot sailboat that was taking on water about two miles south of Cape May, N.J. Crews aboard a motor lifeboat and a rescue helicopter were directed to launch after the master of the sailboat reported they were taking on water in the Prissy Wick Shoals area of the New Jersey coast. StationCape May personnel received the radio call. The crew of the sailboat was reportedly on a trip from Annapolis, Md., to Marblehead, Mass. A Station Cape May rescue boat crew immediately launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat and arrived on scene. A rescue air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter to assist. The MLB crew assessed the state of the sailboat and felt that it could make the journey into port under their own power. The boat crew escorted the sailboat safely to a marina, where it moored. The Coast Guard boat crew credits the rescue’s positive results to the mariners’ preparation as well as their communication and navigation equipment. With the use of a marine radio, the master of the sailboat was able to contact the Coast Guard and request assistance. Additionally, the sailboat’s onboard GPS allowed the master to accurately communicate his position and heading to the Coast Guard crew, resulting in their quickly being found. (May 18)

Caught by high tide

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard and local agencies responded to a request for assistance from fishermen caught in the high tide near Fortescue, N.J. The Coast Guard was notified that the fishing boat, a 42-foot cabin cruiser, was aground near Fortescue and that the seven men, including a 76-year-old with diabetes, had spent all night aboard the boat. Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Fortescue and Fortescue Fire and Rescue were able to reach, but unable to remove, the seven men aboard the boat due to the marshy conditions of the area at the southern tip of Egg Island Point in the Delaware Bay. A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was on scene and transferred the men to a field in Cedarville, N.J., where they were met by Lawrence Township EMS. (May 20)