Recent responses from South Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic states
Recent responses from South Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic states
Station Charleston, S.C.
A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a man after he fell from his catamaran and was reported missing by his fellow sailor about one mile off Isle of Palms, S.C. The 56-year-old man was sailing with a friend when he fell off their catamaran. The man’s friend tried to recover him, but couldn’t maneuver the catamaran to his position. The man’s friend beached the catamaran and called 911. Dispatchers from 911 contacted Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Charleston to assist in the search effort. A Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Station Charleston launched to assist in the rescue along with a Coast Guard rescue aircrew from Air Facility Charleston. Rescue units from the Isle of Palms Fire Department, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Department of natural resources also assisted in the search. The Coast Guard rescue boat crew spotted the man about a mile off the most southern point of Isle of Palms. He was wearing a life jacket and was using his T-shirt as a signaling device. The rescued man was transported to Charleston Harbor Marina and was in good condition. (Sept. 7)
Solo sailor missing
Station Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard called off its search for a missing 90-year-old man after he was found deceased on BrigantineBeach. A good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard after they spotted Miller’s 22-foot sailboat drifting about 17 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. The Coast Guard launched several helicopter rescue crews from Air Station Atlantic City, a boat crew from Station Atlantic City, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Albacore and a C-130 Hercules air crew from Elizabeth City, N.C. A good Samaritan found the man on BrigantineBeach and contacted the local police. He was declared dead at the scene. (Sept. 8)
Three aboard disabled boat
Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
Three mariners aboard a 53-foot sailboat are safe after their boat became disabled in 10-foot seas and 25-knot winds, 34 miles south of Cape Fear, N.C. Coast Guard watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston were notified by TowBoatU.S., a commercial salvage company. The crew of the 53-foot sailboat requested assistance after they suffered an engine casualty and began drifting off the South Carolina coast. Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Georgetown, S.C., and StationOakIsland launched 41-foot utility boats to assist the sailboat’s crew but were forced to turn back after watchstanders at RescueCoordinationCenter in Portsmouth, Va., determined that the heavy winds and seas would put the rescue crews and their boats at risk. It was determined that the distance to the vessel combined with the unsafe weather conditions on scene were outside of the safe operating limits of the 41-foot utility boats and would put both the rescue crews and their boats at risk. Rescue crews aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and an HH-65 helicopter from Air Station Charleston, S.C., were then dispatched to assist the sailboat’s crew. After a four-hour transit, in 10- to 12-foot seas and 30-knot winds, StationWrightsvilleBeach’s rescue crew arrived on scene and took the sailboat in tow. The 47-foot motor life boat crew safely towed the sailboat to a marina in Southport, N.C. (Sept. 12)
Aground on jetty
Station Georgetown, S.C.
Coast Guard and Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department rescue crews pulled two men from their 25-foot pleasure boat after it ran aground on the jetties at the entrance to Murrells Inlet. The boat’s operator sent a text message to his girlfriend for her to contact the Coast Guard. The girlfriend contacted Station Georgetown to get help for the men. The Coast Guard responded with a 25-foot rescue boat from Station Georgetown, and Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, S.C., launched to assist the boaters. The rescue boat crew from Station Georgetown arrived at the boaters’ position first, and the helicopter returned to base. The two men on the boat initially intended on waiting for commercial salvage to pick them up and remove their boat from the jetties. They decided that the cost of salvage was too much and wanted to remain on their boat. Coast Guard rescue crews determined that staying on the jetties on the boat overnight was too dangerous and ordered the men off the boat. A Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department rescue boat crew had to be sent in to get the men because the water was too shallow for the Coast Guard rescue boat. The firefighters transferred the two boaters over to the Coast Guard rescue crew who transported the boaters to a boat landing. (Sept. 15)
Disabled and adrift
Station Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard rescued four people who were disabled and adrift aboard a boat three miles south of Absecon Inlet, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the boat reporting they were taking on water. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched a helicopter crew and Coast Guard Station Atlantic City launched a boat crew to search the area. While responding to the report, the Coast Guard boat crew received a second report stating the boat had sunk and the two people aboard were rescued by a good Samaritan. However, the good Samaritan’s boat became disabled in the process. The Coast Guard boat crew located all four survivors and took the disabled boat in tow. The survivors and their boat were transported to the Tennessee Avenue boat ramp in Ocean City, N.J. (Sept. 19)
Taking on water
Station Great Egg, N.J.
The Coast Guard assisted a boater after his 26-foot boat started taking on water about 14 miles southeast of Atlantic City. The Coast Guard received the distress call from the operator who reported having more than a foot of water in the boat. The Coast Guard launched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Great Egg, N.J., and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. The air crew arrived first and monitored the situation until the Coast Guard boat crew arrived. Once on scene the boat crew escorted the boat to Somers Point, N.J. (Sept. 2)
Float plan delivers
Sector Charleston, S.C.
The Coast Guard and the Beaufort Marine Rescue Squadron from Port Royal, S.C., rescued an overdue fisherman on the Broad River between Paris Island, S.C., and Hilton Head, S.C. The 58-year-old man had left from ArchersCreek on ParisIsland for a day of fishing. The retired Marine reportedly makes the same fishing trip just about every day after returning home at around 5 p.m. His wife became worried when her husbanddidn’t return in the evening. She contacted the Military Police at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island. She also knew what kind of boat her husband had, when he departed, when he was supposed to return and what general area he was going to be fishing. The float plan allowed rescuers to quickly develop a good search area and expedite a rescue. The MPs called the Coast Guard and the Beaufort MRS to assist in the search for the missing fisherman. Coast Guard rescue coordinators from Sector Charleston launched a rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston to assist in the search. Beaufort MRS launched three boats to help. The Coast Guard helicopter crew located the man with his overturned vessel. The aircrew directed a rescue boat from Beaufort MRS to his position. The Beaufort MRS boat crew pulled the man to safety and transported him back to ArchersCreek. He did not suffer any injuries. He was also wearing a life jacket. (Sept. 8)
Sailor with chest pains
Station Oxford, Md.
The Coast Guard medevaced a man from his sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay after reporting that he was suffering from chest pains. The 60-year-old man was aboard his 23-foot sailboat with his wife near Calvert Cliffs Power Plant when he began experiencing pain in his chest. His wife called TowBoatU.S. from a cell phone and requested help. TowBoatU.S. relayed the call to Coast Guard Sector Baltimore’s command center. Watchstanders at the sector directed Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., to launch a rescue crew. With the help of a Maryland State Police helicopter crew, who located the sailboat and guided the Coast Guard rescue crew to the location, members from Station Oxford were able to remove both individuals from the sailboat. They were taken to Flag Harbor Marina in Calvert County, Md., where they were met by local EMS and taken to CalvertMemorialHospital. The sailboat was being towed by TowBoatU.S. (Sept. 8)
Search called off
Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J.
The Coast Guard called off its search for a missing 52-year-old man who was reported overdue from a kayak trip off the coast of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Coast Guard crews located an overturned kayak about nine miles off the coast of Point Pleasant, which was later confirmed by the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department to be the one rented by the missing man. The Coast Guard searched an area from Sandy Hook to Barnegat Light, and out 24 miles off the coast. The entire search area was about 1,300 square miles. In all, Coast Guard crews searched more than 5,700 overlapping square miles. Coast Guard assets logged about 80 combined total search hours, conducting 30 separate search patterns. (Sept. 14)