Recent responses from around the nation
Alone and sinking
A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescued a stranded boater in Neuse Creek in the vicinity of Cherry Point, N.C., after he was reported overdue. The man was reported overdue initially by his wife when he did not return home at a scheduled time. He was located, standing on his skiff, which was partially submerged in shallow water. He was hoisted onboard the helicopter and transported to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, where he was evaluated by medical personnel. The Craven County Sheriffs Department, Coast Guard Station Hobucken, N.C., Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Cherry Point Fire and Rescue assisted with the search. (March 8)
A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., hoisted four people from a 28-foot pleasure boat after it ran aground in the vicinity of Fisherman’s Island, at the base of the Virginia Eastern Shore. All four people were transferred to Norfolk Sentara GeneralHospital for medical evaluation. (March 8)
Night at sea
Station Cortez, Fla.
The Coast Guard rescued three men from a disabled and adrift, 25-foot pleasure boat 25 miles west of Sarasota. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., watchstanders received a call from 911 from the mother of one of the boaters, reporting that he and his friends were overdue from a boating trip. The three men were spotted aboard the disabled boat by a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 search plane. They were transferred to a 41-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Cortez, in Bradenton, Fla., and safely arrived at the station. None of the three men were reported to have suffered any injuries. Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne arrived on scene and took the pleasure boat in tow until the 41-foot Coast Guard boat from Station Cortez could rendezvous with the cutter and finish towing the boat to Coquina Boat Ramp in Sarasota. (March 13)
Search for missing anglers
Coast Guard rescue coordinators were asking recreational and commercial boaters to be on the lookout for three overdue fishermen scheduled to return to Clearwater, Fla. The three men were believed to have departed from the Courtney Campbell Causeway Boat Ramp in a 28-foot pleasure boat for a fishing trip. One of the men was reported missing by his wife after not returning as scheduled. The identities of the two other crew members were not known. The Coast Guard has not received any other reports of possible missing fishermen. The man’s wife told rescue coordinators that he usually fishes somewhere between EvergladesCity and Tampa. The boat is a 28-foot Wellcraft with two outboard engines with Florida registration number FL0340GD. The boat is painted red, white and gray. (March 17)
Apprehended on cruise ship
Station Mayport, Fla.
The Coast Guard helped the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team apprehend a murder suspect aboard a Jacksonville, Fla.,-based cruise ship. The 29-year-old man was apprehended aboard a Carnival Cruise ship by marshals about five miles east of the entrance to the St. Johns River. The man was wanted by the Atlanta Police Department for felony murder and aggravated assault with a weapon. U.S. Marshals from the Southeast Regional Task Force found out the man had flown to Jacksonville on a passenger jet from Atlanta. Members of the U.S. Marshals F.A.S.T. determined that the man then boarded the cruise ship and was bound for Freeport, Bahamas. The U.S. Marshals contacted the Coast Guard for help in stopping the cruise ship. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port ordered the ship to stop before entering international waters. A boat crew from the Coast Guard Station in Mayport, Fla., transported U.S. Marshals and Coast Guard Investigative Service agents to the ship. U.S. Marshals and Coast Guard CGIS agents boarded and quickly located the man with the help of the ship’s crew. He was taken in to custody without incident. The suspect was taken to Station Mayport via the Coast Guard boat. He was to be held in the Duval County Jail pending his extradition to Atlanta. The man is believed to have intentionally used his vehicle as a weapon to assault another man after the two had argued at a party in Atlanta. As a result of the incident, the other man died Feb. 9. (Feb. 29)
Missing after swim
The U.S. Coast Guard, Carpinteria Fire Department and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol began searching for a man near Loon Point in Summerland, Calif. The man was last seen swimming to his boat which was drifting 200 yards off Loon Point. A Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boats from both the Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard were assisting in the search for the missing man. The missing man’s boat washed ashore on Loon Point without the missing man aboard. The Carpinteria Fire Department was searching the beach and providing shoreline support. The search was planned to continue through the night. The National Weather Service had issued a small craft advisory and surf as large as eight feet for the southern California coast. (March 13)