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Coast Guard Responses – Long Island Sound

Recent responses from around the nation

Recent responses from around the nation

Two aboard sinking boat

Station Gloucester, Mass.

The Coast Guard plucked two fishermen from a 42-foot trawler moments before it sank three miles from Gloucester, Mass. The crew of the trawler broadcasted a mayday on VHF channel 16, saying their boat was taking on water. Coast Guard Station Gloucester personnel responded and deployed a 25-foot rescue boat crew and 47-foot motor lifeboat to their position, about three miles south of Eastern Point in Gloucester. The motor lifeboat crew arrived and rescued the two fishermen. A minute later, the trawler rolled onto its side and eventually submerged. The reported weather was 20-knot winds, 6-foot seas and water temperature of 37 degrees. Coast Guard Sector Boston issued a marine safety broadcast to warn other mariners in the area of the submerged vessel. (March 25)

Cold and disoriented

Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard medevaced a 70-year-old man off the coast of Atlantic City after exposure to foul weather left him cold and disoriented. The Coast Guard received a call from a passenger aboard a 25-foot, open-cabin boat, stating one of the people aboard was cold, shivering and disoriented following a rainstorm. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City took the man aboard their 47-foot rescue boat for treatment until he was transferred to awaiting medical personnel at the Coast Guard station. (April 12)

Circling boat, no skipper

Station Sand Key, Fla.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, in Clearwater, Fla., rescued two boaters from the water in the vicinity of Clearwater Beach. A Good Samaritan called Coast Guard watchstanders, reporting he had come upon a 23-foot, center-console boat that was going in circles with no one aboard about three miles west of Clearwater Pass. The Good Samaritan was able stop the boat’s engine and, in doing so, located a wallet on board belonging to one of the missing boaters. Two 25-foot response boats from Coast Guard Station Sand Key arrived on scene and began searching for the missing boaters. A 54-year-old man was pulled from the water about five miles west of Clearwater Beach. A 44-year-old man was rescued about a half-mile away from the first man. Neither man was wearing a life jacket. One of the men reported he was suffering from moderate hypothermia.Both men were brought to awaiting EMS at Coast Guard Station Sand Key, and were taken to Largo Medical Center. According to one of the men, they were ejected from the boat when it hit a wave. Their boat was brought to Station Sand Key. (April 19)

Flare launched

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard, working with state and local agencies, rescued four boaters who were aboard a 10-foot, flat-bottom boat that broke down near Smyrna, Del. Family members contacted the Coast Guard when the four individuals failed to return home from a boating trip. A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was on a training mission in the area and diverted to search for the boaters. While searching, the air crew spotted a distress flare and located the four boaters. With no medical emergencies, the Coast Guard rescue crew provided light and guided boat crews from Delaware Fish and Wildlife and local fire departments to the boater’s position. (April 21)

Pets aboard sinking boat

Station Hobucken, N.C.

Coast Guard rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and Coast Guard Station Hobucken, N.C., rescued two people from a life raft after their boat sank near the mouth of the Neuse River. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a mayday call from the crew of the 28-foot pleasure boat stating they were taking on water, that the pumps onboard could not keep up with the flooding, and that they were abandoning ship. A C-130 crew from Air Station Elizabeth City was diverted from a training flight to the boat’s location, where they saw the two boaters sitting on top of the overturned boat’s hull. The C-130 crew remained on the scene until the Station Hobucken rescue crew arrived and safely transferred the couple, their two dogs and their pet bird aboard the 25-foot rescue boat. They were all taken to Station Hobucken. (March 26)

Mysterious boater death

Sector St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for three boaters after two of the boaters were located deceased near Snell Point in St. Petersburg, Fla. A 55-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were found deceased by local law enforcement marine units and transferred to emergency medical service personnel on shore. Initial reports indicated there were possibly three boaters aboard the 37-foot boat. After further investigation, authorities believed there were only two people aboard when it left the Gandy Boat Ramp in St. Petersburg. Rescue crews from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, the Pinellas and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Offices, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Tampa Police Department and MacDill Air Force Base security aided in the search. FWC planned to investigate the incident. The Coast Guard began searching for three boaters after an unmanned, adrift 37-foot boat was discovered with apparent fire damage about one mile south of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. (April 6)