Coast Guard Responses – New England

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Recent responses from Rhode Island and the Northeast

Recent responses from Rhode Island and the Northeast

Boat collision injures three

Station Castle Hill, R.I.

Three pleasure boaters were injured in a collision with a charter boat near Newport, R.I. A 49-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl suffered head injuries and a 13-year-old boy’s leg was injured when their 23-foot center console boat collided with a 42-foot charter boat. No injuries were reported from the fourth passenger aboard the pleasure boat or to the charter boat’s nine passengers. The charter boat’s master called the Coast Guard on the VHF radio to report the collision north of Goat Island. A 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill was in the area and diverted to the scene. An additional 41-foot boat crew from Station Castle Hill launched to assist. A Newport Harbormaster boat was first on scene and removed all three passengers aboard the recreational boat. The passengers were transferred to the 41-foot Coast Guard boat and were further transported to EMS standing by at PerrottiPark in NewportHarbor. The injured passengers were ultimately transported to NewportHospital for medical treatment. The pleasure boat sustained some damage to the bow and was towed by Newport Harbormaster. The case was under investigation. (Sept. 1)

Passenger airlifted

Station Gloucester, Mass.

The Coast Guard airlifted a 16-year-old passenger on a charter boat after he suffered from a reported seizure about 15 miles offshore from Gloucester, Mass. Coast Guard Station Gloucester received the report from a crewman aboard the 75-foot charter boat that the teenager had fallen and needed medical assistance. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew was dispatched to the scene, in addition to a Coast Guard cutter which was in the area. The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew transferred the teenager to the cutter. A Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod arrived, hoisted the patient from the cutter and flew him to Massachusetts GeneralHospital. The teenager was reported to be in good condition. (Aug. 31)

PWC rider located

Station Merrimack River, N.H.

A 34-year-old jet skier reported missing the night before was found in the PlumIslandRiver. Ipswich Fire department, who assisted in the search, found the mildly hypothermic man with his jet ski. Crew of a 47-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Merrimack River took the man aboard and transported him to Station Merrimack where EMS were standing by. He was treated and released. The jet ski was taken to Station Merrimack. Coast Guard Station Merrimack River received a VHF radio call reporting the jet skier missing. He had been traveling from Gloucester with two other jet skiers and a 24-foot pleasure boat heading up the Merrimack River towards Haverhill, Mass. (Sept. 2)

Two teens rescued offshore

Station Cape May, N.J.

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued two teenage boys 35 miles east of Cape May, N.J., after their 16-foot boat broke down. The two teenagers, ages 14 and 15, lost radio communications when their boat broke down. They were spotted by the crew of a 25-foot pleasure boat. The good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard and stayed on scene until rescuers arrived. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May took the two teenagers aboard and were in the process of towing the disabled boat to the Coast Guard station. The teenagers were to be released to the custody of their parents. (Aug. 27)

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)