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Coast Guard Responses New England

Recent responses from Castle Hill, R.I., to Elizabeth City, N.C.

Recent responses from Castle Hill, R.I., to Elizabeth City, N.C.

3 generations rescued

Station Castle Hill, R.I.

The Coast Guard rescued a family spanning three generations from 41-degree water after their boat capsized near FortAdams in Narragansett Bay, R.I. A 60-year-old grandfather, his 38-year-old son, and his 18-year-old grandson were being treated for mild hypothermia at NewportHospital in Newport, R.I. A Good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that the three had fallen overboard from their small outboard boat. Station Castle Hill, R.I., launched a 41-foot utility boat and a 25-foot response boat. Thirteen minutes after the sector was originally notified, the response boat arrived on scene to find two of the men holding on to floating seat cushions and the other man holding on to a bag of floating decoy ducks used for hunting. The response boat crew recovered the three family members and transported them to PerrottiPark where Newport Fire and Rescue EMS were waiting to take them to the hospital. (Jan. 20)

Paddler dies in cold water

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard located a missing paddler deceased after he was reported overdue from a kayaking trip in Little Egg Harbor near Little Egg Inlet. The Coast Guard received a call reporting the 22-year-old man overdue from a short kayaking trip. A Coast Guard small boat crew from Station Barnegat Light and a helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City began searching for the young man. The helicopter crew located the man in the water near Rose Point Marsh in Little Egg Harbor. He was not wearing a life jacket and had no cold-water survival gear. The man was hoisted into the helicopter and brought to AtlantiCareRegionalMedicalCenter in Atlantic City. (Dec. 24)

Disabled sailboat

Station Cape May, N.J.

A 32-foot sailboat remained moored safely in Cape May Harbor, N.J., after being towed in by a Coast Guard small boat crew from Station Cape May. The crew aboard the sailboat requested Coast Guard assistance because they were disabled and adrift near Eph Shoal in Cape May Inlet. (Dec. 26)

Sailboats collide, one missing

StationElizabethCity, N.C.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for a man after he went missing in the Currituck Sound. The Coast Guard, North Carolina Department of Wildlife, and the Currituck County Sheriffs Office searched throughout the day for the man, after he dissapperared while sailing. An MH-60 Jayhawk Rescue helicopter flight crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and a 21-foot boat crew from StationElizabethCity were involved in the search. The search for the man began when his 47-foot sailboat collided with a 33-foot sailboat. After the collision, the missing man’s sailboat continued on course without stopping. The owner/operator of the second sailboat notified the Coast Guard that there was no indication of anyone on the other sailboat at the time of the collision. The missing man’s sailboat was later located in a marsh by Tow Boat U.S. There was no one present in or around the boat, but the motor was running and the sails were up. A wallet belonging to the missing man was found at the scene. (Jan. 7)