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Coast Guard Responses – Long Island Sound

Recent responses from around the nation

Recent responses from around the nation

Shark bite victim hoisted

Air Station Miami, Fla.

The crew of a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami hoisted a shark-bite victim about 50 miles east of Fort Lauderdale. The 50-year-old man was diving off the 70-foot commercial diving boat when he was attacked by the shark. The Coast Guard received a mayday from a crew member. The Dolphin helicopter crew was immediately launched and, once on scene, safely hoisted the man and transferred him to a hospital in Miami. (Feb. 24)

Offshore, taking on water

Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen who were aboard a 66-foot boat that was taking on water 66 miles east of Atlantic City, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewman aboard the fishing boat reporting they needed assistance. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump aboard the boat. A crew aboard another fishing boat arrived on scene and transferred a dewatering pump aboard the stricken boat as well. The fishing boat had taken aboard a total of 11 feet of water by the time rescuers arrived and the stern was completely submerged. The fishermen pumped out the water and located the source of the flooding. The crew of Coast Guard cutter Dependable arrived on scene and patched up the fist-sized hole near the rear engine room on the right side of the fishing boat. The three fishermen were under way on their own power en route for Point Pleasant, N.J. (Feb. 3)

Hoisted from life raft

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

Three people were hoisted from a life raft by a Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew after their 38-foot fishing boat began sinking 12 miles south of Fire Island, N.Y. The boat was mostly submerged when Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received the distress call over marine band radio channel 16. A rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island immediately responded. An HH-65 helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City located three fishermen wearing protective suits in a survival raft. A rescue basket was lowered and all three fishermen were hoisted onboard the helicopter. Due to bad weather, the three fishermen were brought to Station Fire Island, where West Islip emergency medical personnel took them to a local hospital. There were no reported injuries. The three fishermen were in a life raft, wearing protective dry suits and had a working emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) on board, the Coast Guard reported.(Feb. 13)

Boater’s body found

Station Miami Beach, Fla.

The Coast Guard has ended its search after a good Samaritan located the body of a 45-year-old missing Miami boater three miles east of Sands Key, Fla. The victim’s unmanned boat, still engaged, was located by two good Samaritans off Elliott Key, Fla. The Good Samaritans managed to stop the boat, and after going on board, located a cellular phone. They called the last number dialed and spoke with a person claiming to be the man’s father. Search-and-rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Station Islamorada, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., Air Station Miami, Coast Guard Cutters Ocracoke and Gannet, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue searched more than 3,000 square miles for almost three days in an effort to locate the man. (Jan. 29)

Skipper missing in capsize

Air Station Borinquen, P.R.

The Coast Guard is searching for a boater whose 20-foot fishing boat was found overturned about seven miles north of Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico, received a telephone call from the wife of the man from the British Virgin Islands, reporting that he was overdue. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and boat crews from the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue unit were all launched to search for the man. If anyone has any information on the missing man, they are asked to contact Sector San Juan at (787) 289-2040. (Feb. 14)

Four in the water

Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A Coast Guard rescue crew from Station Fort Lauderdale pulled four people to safety after their 17-foot pleasure boat capsized off Haulover Inlet, Fla. The four men were about a mile outside of the inlet when their vessel unexpectedly capsized and left the four in the water. A Good Samaritan notified the Coast Guard, using a VHF radio.The rescue crew from Fort Lauderdale launched their 33-foot SPC-LE vessel and safely recovered each person and transferred them to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Sea Tow also responded and was able to salvage the capsized boat and tow it to a nearby marina. (Feb. 16)

Three overdue fishermen

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen who were aboard a disabled 72-foot fishing boat, 44 miles off the coast of Cape May, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call reporting the boat was overdue from a fishing trip. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City diverted a helicopter crew from a routine flight to search for thefishermen. The helicopter crew located the fishing boat and learned it was disabled, taking on water and two crew members were injured. The two injured men were the 57-year-old captain, who sustained a hand injury, and a 37-year-old man suffering from asthma-like symptoms. The air crew hoisted the two injured men aboard and transported them to AtlantiCareRegionalMedicalCenter for treatment. Another helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was dispatched to the scene and lowered a dewatering pump to the remaining man aboard the boat. The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Ibis, homeported in Cape May, N.J., was on scene and planned to tow the fishing boat back to Cape May. (Jan. 31)