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Coast Guard Responses Mid-Atlantic

Recent responses from the Mid-Atlantic region

Recent responses from the Mid-Atlantic region

Rescue flare fired

AirStationElizabethCity, N.C.

The Coast Guard airlifted a 60-year-old man aboard a 20-foot fishing boat after it was reported that his boat was overdue. The marina from which he departed notified Hampton Fire and Rescue, and a boat matching the description was located by a Hampton fire boat after a flare was observed by the crew. Unable to reach the distressed fisherman due to shallow water, the fire boat contacted the Coast Guard. A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter based out of Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., airlifted the man from the fishing boat and transferred him to Hampton Fire and Rescue where he was taken ashore. He was in good and stable condition. The Coast Guard regularly works with other federal, state and local agencies to ensure the success of search and rescue missions. (April 4)

Battered by weather

Station Cape Charles, Va.

A Coast Guard crew from Station Cape Charles, Va., rescued two people from a sailboat beset by heavy weather about one mile off the coast of the Virginia eastern shore. The crew of the sailboat notified the Coast Guard that they were in rough weather and were suffering from pain, possibly hypothermia. StationCapeCharles crewmen arrived on scene aboard a 25-foot rescue boat and transferred the two sailors and returned them to shore where medical personnel were standing by. Salvage crews were en route to the adrift sailboat to tow it back to shore. (April 7)

Fatal fishing excursion

Station Georgetown, S.C.

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing boater in the vicinity of Winyah Bay, S.C. The search for the 38-year-old man began the day before after a fellow fisherman who was aboard the 16-foot boat was picked up by Georgetown Pilots. The two were pulling up their fishing nets when their boat apparently overturned. The Coast Guard, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and Winyah Bay Marine Rescue all participated in the search with various surface and air assets. The Coast Guard assets involved searched a combined 45 hours and covered an almost 142-square-nautical-mile search area. Coast Guard rescue coordinators only suspend a search after rescue crews have conducted a thorough search of the area where the person was missing and after all possibilities of survival have been exhausted. Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Georgetown, Air Station Savannah, Ga., and Air Facility Charleston all assisted in the search. (April 10)

Three aboard sinking cat

AirStationElizabethCity, N.C.

Three people were safely rescued from a sinking catamaran off the coast of North Carolina. A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescued them from a 35-foot catamaran about 290 miles east of Elizabeth City after the boat sustained a 3-foot gash in the hull and began taking on water. The Coast Guard was initially notified when an EPIRB belonging to the boat was activated. When the air crew arrived on scene, the crew’s rescue swimmer was injured after his arm was twisted in the hoist cable. Despite the injury, he was able to continue with the mission and safely rescue all three people. The air crew transported the survivors to Bermuda due to weather. The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to equip their vessels with safety equipment such as EPIRBs. When activated, the beacons send out a distress signal that allows the beacon to be located by the satellite system and search and rescue aircraft to locate people, boats and aircraft needing rescue. (April 18)