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Coast Guard Responses New England November 2006

Recent responses from the Northeast

Recent responses from the Northeast

Rescued from sinking boat

Station Castle Hill, R.I.

A man and his daughter were rescued by a good Samaritan near Rocky Point, R.I., after calling 911 and placing a radio distress call to the Coast Guard. Their 19-foot pleasure boat struck a rock along the shore of Rocky Point and began rapidly taking on water, prompting the daughter to call her sister. The sister immediately called 911 while her father placed a distress call to the Coast Guard on the international hailing and distress frequency on his marine radio. Coast Guard dispatchers advised the father to launch an emergency flare in order to alert other boaters in the area that he was in distress. Simultaneously, the Coast Guard launched a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, R.I., and diverted an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist. As a result of the flare two additional 911 calls were made, thereby pinpointing the location of the vessel. Sea Tow and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management arrived on scene where a good Samaritan had already begun rescue efforts. Ultimately Sea Tow recovered the two people, who were wearing life jackets, and dewatered the sinking boat. Sea Tow brought the boat and the father and daughter to Oakland Beach, R.I. (July 27)

Simultaneous rescue missions

Station Chatham and Station

Menemsha, Mass.

Coast Guard Southeastern New England units responded to two search and rescue cases on the south side of Cape Cod, Mass. A massive, multiasset search in Dennis, Mass., began when an 80-year-old swimmer vanished at the beach. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod located her body later that night. A boat crew from Station Chatham recovered the body about a half-hour later for further transport to Yarmouth, Mass., where positive identification was made by her family. Family members initially notified authorities that she was last seen swimming early in the evening. They said the cane she used was found left on the beach. Weather conditions in the search area were reported as fair with 2-foot seas and 6-knot winds.Separately, a 66-year-old woman suffered hip trauma aboard a sailboat anchored in Cuttyhunk Harbor, Mass. The master of the sailboat notified the Coast Guard that the woman fell on the deck and needed medical attention. Because of darkness and an unfamiliarity with the area, the master requested Coast Guard assistance. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Menemsha was dispatched to the scene and took the woman aboard for transport. Though Woods Hole, Mass., was closer, the crew determined that a less choppy course to New Bedford, Mass., would provide a more comfortable ride considering her injury. An ambulance met the Coast Guard crew at the city pier in New Bedford, where she was taken to Saint Luke’s Hospital. (Aug. 4)

Angler loses consciousness

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

A Coast Guard rescue crew medivaced a boater who lost consciousness 47 miles southeast of Montauk. The 33-year-old man lost consciousness while fishing aboard a 28-foot sport fishing boat. The boat did not have a functioning radio. Good Samaritans aboard a nearby boat relayed the distress call to the Coast Guard. When the rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod arrived the victim had already regained consciousness. He was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I. (Aug. 5)

Four missing in inflatable

Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

The Coast Guard rescued four people in a 10-foot inflatable raft about 14 nautical miles east of Rexhame Beach near Marshfield, Mass. Coast Guard Sector Boston received a phone call from a man who stated that his brother and three other passengers left the beach about eight hours earlier in the recreational raft and had not returned. A 25-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Scituate and a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Point Allerton began searching. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod also launched to the search area. The helicopter located the individuals in the raft on the first leg of their search. The four were hoisted into the helicopter and transported to the air station. All four reported symptoms of hypothermia and were taken by ambulance to a Falmouth Hospital. The 41-foot utility boat from Point Allerton towed the raft back to the station. (Aug. 15)

Motoryacht ablaze

Station Sandy Hook, N.J.

Good Samaritans rescued seven people from a 45-foot motoryacht in Raritan Bay when an electrical fire broke out aboard. The crew of a nearby charter fishing boat came alongside the burning yacht and brought the seven passengers aboard. The fire went out on its own within minutes. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook was immediately dispatched after receiving an emergency broadcast by marine band radio. The rescue crew boarded the motor yacht and set its anchor before transporting one of the passengers who sustained a minor injury to Atlantic Highlands where emergency medical personnel where waiting. All of the passengers were wearing life jackets. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (Aug. 4)

Missing teen boater

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

The Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police Department were searching for a missing boater last seen in the vicinity of Brown’s River in the Great South Bay. The 15-year-old boy departed his house in Sayville and left for an unknown location aboard his 20-foot pleasure boat. Coast Guard Station Fire Island and the Suffolk County Police Department each launched two rescue boat crews after the boy’s mother reported the teen missing. The search area was concentrated in the Great South Bay. Davis Park, Cherry Cove, Barrett Beach, East Fire Island and Watch Hill, where the boy’s sister was camping, were familiar areas to him and thought to be likely destinations for the teen. The Suffolk County Police Department dispatched three patrol cars in addition to their rescue boats in order to search campsites and the surrounding shore. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was scheduled to join the search at first light. (July 23)