Coast Guard responses – Long Island Sound

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Recent responses from New York to Pennsylvania

Recent responses from New York to Pennsylvania

Sportfisherman sinks off L.I.

Station Moriches, N.Y.

Two people were rescued from a life raft after their sportfishing boat sank about nine miles off the coast of Moriches, N.Y. The owner of the 33-foot Topaz sportfishing boat was transiting between Egg Harbor Inlet, N.J., to Shinnecock Inlet, N.Y., with a passenger, when he called Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound to notify them that his boat was taking on water and his dewatering pumps were having a difficult time keeping up. The Coast Guard instructed both men to put on their life jackets. The Coast Guard then launched a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Shinnecock, a 27-foot rescue boat from Station Moriches, and a HH-60 rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod. Nine minutes later, the boat’s owner notified search-and-rescue controllers at Sector Long Island Sound that water was overtaking the boat and he was going to have to abandon ship. The Coast Guard asked them to activate their EPIRB. SeaTow overheard the owner’s call to Sector Long Island Sound and told the Coast Guard they were nearby. They headed toward the location and pulled the two men from their life raft to safety. The sportfisher sank in 108 feet of water. The 27-foot rescue boat escorted SeaTow boat back to Coast Guard Sector Field Office Moriches. The sportfisher was carrying 250 gallons of diesel fuel, although no pollution was reported on scene. (June 6)

Vessels collide in inlet

Station East Moriches, N.Y.

Two boats collided 1.5 miles southeast of Moriches Inlet. A 43-foot commercial fishing boat was engaged in fishing when the collision occurred with a 27-foot sailboat. There were no reported injuries, breached hulls or pollution in the water. The mast of the sailboat broke in half when the boats collided and its sails fell into the water. Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station East Moriches and the Suffolk County Police Department Marine Unit immediately responded to the scene. The Coast Guard rescue crews administered alcohol tests to the crew of the fishing boat and the operator of the sailboat. Initial testing indicated alcohol was not a factor. A Suffolk County Air Unit also responded and conducted an overflight of the area. A Coast Guard marine investigator from Marine Safety Detachment Coram was scheduled to meet the fishing boat in Shinnecock Inlet for further investigation. Once the sailboat had been determined seaworthy, it began its transit toward its home port in Brooklyn. Weather at the time of the incident was 1- to 2-foot seas with no wind. (June 13)

Flares fired

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

Two people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat became disabled 16 miles south of Fire Island, N.Y. The occupants of the boat activated their EPIRB after their engines quit working. The crew then fired flares and were seen waving their arms by a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon from Air Station Cape Cod (Mass.). A Coast Guard 41-foot rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island was also launched to tow the boat to Fire Island Inlet. Sea Tow took the boat to its berth at West Islip. Weather was reported at 5-mph winds and 2- to 3-foot seas. (June 15)

Two rescued from vessel

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

Two people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat sank 17 miles south of Fire Island, N.Y. The two men were airlifted to Coast Guard Station Fire Island after being spotted by a Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod (Mass.) that was diverted from patrol to assist in the case. The owner of the boat activated the EPIRB after the boat began taking on water. He also issued a mayday via VHF channel 16 that was picked up by Coast Guard Sectors New York, Long Island Sound and Delaware Bay. Sectors Long Island Sound and Delaware Bay were able to confirm the boat’s position using a method called line of bearing, a process which uses a direction finder from two fixed points on land to create a crosshair over the last known position of an object out at sea. Both Sectors Long Island Sound and Delaware Bay (Del.) had intersecting lines at the position of the sinking vessel. The Coast Guard diverted a helicopter training in Long Island Sound and two rescue boats from Station Fire Island immediately upon getting the initial radio call. A Coast Guard 47-foot rescue boat crew and a 25-foot rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island also were launched and assisted in the case. An HU-25 Falcon from Air Station Cape Cod (Mass.) also was launched. Both men were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident and there were no reports of pollution or injury. Weather on scene was reported at 5-mph winds and 2- to 3-foot seas. (June 19)

PWC runs aground

Fire Island, N.Y.

A 16-year-old boy was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after he ran aground on a jet ski and began taking on water near Fire Island, N.Y. The teen punctured the hull of his jet ski after running aground during a recreational boating trip. The Coast Guard received a phone call requesting assistance. A 25-foot rescue boat crew was already underway at the time of the incident. The rescue boat was returning from another case when the station got the call. After getting the jet ski’s position, the rescue boat looked to its left and saw the jet ski tied up to another boat. The Coast Guard rescue boat took the jet ski in side-tow. The teen was wearing a lifejacket at the time of the incident and there were no reports of injury or pollution. Weather on scene was reported at 5 mph winds and 1- to 2-foot seas. (June 18)

Night rescue

Station Philadelphia

The Coast Guard rescued four people who were aboard a disabled 20-foot pleasure boat near the Tacony-PalmyraBridge. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City (N.J.), on a training flight spotted people aboard the boat waving their arms and a light stick. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia arrived on scene and towed the boat and its crew to a boat ramp in Philadelphia. (June 13)