Coast Guard Responses - New England

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Missing lobsterman

Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H.

The Coast Guard ended its search for a lobsterman whose boat capsized near the Isle of Shoals off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H. Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor received a call from the daughter of the owner of the 40-foot lobster boat reporting that her father, his teenage son and a third crewmember had not returned from their fishing trip. Two 47-foot boat crews from Station Portsmouth Harbor; a boat crew from Station Merrimack River; a 110-foot patrol boat based out of Portland, Maine; a Jayhawk helicopter crew and Falcon jet crew, both from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., conducted 13 searches, covering approximately 270 square miles. His 16-year-old son and another crewmember were found on DuckIsland by a local fishing boat. The boat crew rescued the pair from the island. They then transported them to a StationPortsmouthHarbor boat crew, who took them back to the station where they were met by ambulances. The Coast Guard was investigating the cause of the incident. (May 12)

Two in the water

Station Rockland, Maine

The Coast Guard responded to a report of two people in the water and a capsized dinghy in Rockport Harbor, Maine. The initial call came in to Station Rockland reporting a capsized blue dinghy and a person in the water. The first individual was recovered by a good Samaritan and transferred to paramedics on shore for transport to an area hospital for treatment of hypothermia. The patient reported there was another person still in the water. The second individual was unconscious when recovered by a 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Rockland. The boat crew started lifesaving efforts while transporting the patient to emergency medical personnel waiting at the landing pier in RockportHarbor. Paramedics continued CPR, but the man was later pronounced dead at PenobscotBayMedicalCenter. The water temperature was about 48 degrees with winds around 15 miles per hour and seas about two feet. (May 23)

Intoxicated boater intercepted

Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H.

The Coast Guard intercepted an intoxicated boater near the MemorialBridge in Kittery, Maine. New Hampshire Marine Patrol dispatch reported to Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H., that an apparently intoxicated boater had left a marina and might be operating a boat under the influence. A 25-foot boat crew from StationPortsmouthHarbor responded and arrived on scene. As the boat crew arrived on scene, the 47-year-old boat operator and his four passengers were tying up the 33-foot boat at a marina in Kittery. The Coast Guard boarding team conducted a field sobriety test on the operator and issued a citation for operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol. The operator was escorted to his nearby residence, less than 100 yards away, by the Coast Guard boarding officer. (May 25)

Alone on overturned hull

Station Great Egg, N.J.

A good Samaritan and the Coast Guard rescued a sailor after the sailboat he was on capsized about eight miles southeast of Corson’s Inlet, N.J. The 57-year-old man was discovered in a survival suit, sitting atop his overturned sailboat by the pilot of a recreational fishing boat. The good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard, which launched rescue boat crews from Coast Guard stations Great Egg and Townsend Inlet, N.J. The rescue crew from Station Great Egg arrived on scene and took the man back to their station in Ocean City, N.J., to EMS personnel. He was examined and released by medical personnel at the station. The man was aboard his 31-foot sailboat transiting from Cape May to Massachusetts when his boat capsized off the New Jersey coast. He was working with salvage crews from Sea Tow to develop a salvage plan for his boat. (May 10)

Disabled and sinking

St. Inigoes, Md.

The Coast Guard assisted the sole operator of a 19-foot boat near St. Inigoes, Md., after the boat became disabled and started to take on water. Once on scene, the Coast Guard crew discovered the flooding had stabilized and the crew began to tow the boat. The Coast Guard was towing the boat to St. George Island, Md. An inspection of the boat was planned to determine the cause of the flooding. (April 30)