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Coast Guard Responses – New England

Recent responses from around the nation

Recent responses from around the nation

Alone and sinking

AirStationElizabethCity, N.C.

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)

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 into 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)

Tow line parts

Air Station Savannah, Ga.

The Coast Guard rescued five men from a powerless boat after it broke away from its tow 17 miles east of St. Augustine, Fla. The five men were aboard a gambling boat that departed Fort Lauderdale enroute to Jacksonville for repairs. While in transit, the boat became disabled and arrangements were made to have a 79-foot motor vessel tow the boat the rest of the way to Jacksonville. Late in the evening, the tow line parted, leaving the five men on the disabled gambling boat in rough seas. They managed to anchor the boat to keep it from drifting and contacted the Coast Guard for assistance. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Air Station Savannah, Ga., to rescue the five men. On-scene weather at the time of the rescue included seas of approximately 10 feet and wind gusts up to 40 knots. All five men were brought to the St. Augustine airport in good condition. The boat owner was making arrangements to bring the boat to port safely. (March 8)