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Coast Guard Responses – Mid-Atlantic

Recent responses from North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic

Recent responses from North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic

Five rescued offshore

AirStationElizabethCity, N.C.

The Coast Guard rescued five people after their 56-foot sportfishing boat began taking on water 70 miles east of Ocean City, Md. The Coast Guard received a call reporting the fishing boat, with five adults and four children aboard, was taking on water and in need of Coast Guard assistance. An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., headed toward the sportfisher’s location. Both aircrews arrived on scene, and the Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted four children and one adult into their helicopter. The rescued were transported to Cape MayCountyAirport in New Jersey and picked up by family members. The boat’s flooding was under control and the four remaining passengers arrived at a marina in Cape May, N.J., aboard their boat. (Aug. 25)

Rapidly taking on water

AirStationElizabethCity, N.C.

A Washington, D.C., man was rescued by the Coast Guard after his boat sank 82 miles east of Elizabeth City, N.C. The 53-year-old man was hoisted to safety from a life raft by an AirStationElizabethCity helicopter rescue crew, after his 42-foot boat rapidly took on water and sank. The rescued man was transported to the Coast Guard Air Station where he was released to local EMS personnel for further treatment. The rescue began when Coast Guard watchstanders at the RescueCoordinationCenter in Portsmouth, Va., received an EPIRB alert from the vessel. When the rescued man registered his boat’s EPIRB a few weeks ago he also electronically entered the float plan for his entire voyage. The Coast Guard reported that doing so “took the ‘search’ out of search and rescue.” (Aug. 3)

Sinking sailboat

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued three people today after a 42-foot sailboat ran aground a half-mile off the coast of Assateague Island, Md. The Coast Guard received a radio call from one of the men, who reported his sailboat had ran aground on a sandbar and was taking on water. A helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Atlantic City arrived on scene and hoisted the three survivors. The Coast Guard helicopter crew transported all three individuals to Ocean City Municipal Airport, Md. (July 28)

Four aboard sinking boat

Station Annapolis, Md.

The Coast Guard rescued four people in TracyCreek after receiving a distress call indicating that their boat was taking on water and sinking. The Coast Guard received the call from a cell phone from one of the crew members aboard a 25-foot Bayliner. The call was lost and the Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast urging other boaters to watch for any boats in distress. Communication with the boat was regained after the crewmember from the sinking boat called 911. A rescue crew from Station Annapolis, Md., launched a 41-foot utility boat to begin the search. The first of the four men was found and brought aboard the rescue boat. A debris field was found shortly afterwards in TracyCreek near ChesapeakeBeach. Following the drift of the debris field, the rescue crew was able to locate the missing men less than three hours after the initial call. All four men involved were wearing life jackets. They were taken to a marina and released to awaiting EMS personnel. (Aug. 6)