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Mishaps and Rescues Mid-Atlantic November 2010

One medevaced from fishing vessel

Chesapeake Bay

The Coast Guard medevaced a 57-year-old male from a fishing vessel near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The Coast Guard received a call at 8:45 a.m. from the fishing vessel Kimberly reporting that a crewmember was complaining of severe chest pain.

Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles and Coast Guard Station Little Creek were dispatched to assist.

The rescue boat crew from Station Little Creek transported the man to the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek where emergency medical services personnel were waiting to transfer him to Sentara Leigh Hospital. (Sept. 13)

Coast Guard crew retrieves batteries

Potomac River

Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker East, based in Portsmouth, Va., along with assistance from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Potomac, based in St. Inigoes, Md., recovered batteries near Hallowing Point Light in the Potomac River that had fallen into the water because of icing conditions through the years.

The batteries will later be returned to their vendors so they can be recycled.

"We're trying to be good stewards in keeping the Potomac River clean," says Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Smith, the officer in charge of Aids to Navigation Team Potomac. "We recovered four batteries, which accounts for all batteries knocked into the water from this aid over the past three years." (Sept. 8)

Overdue boaters found

Ocean City, Md.

Coast Guard crews located two men overdue from a fishing trip East of Ocean City, Md. Coast Guard Station Ocean City received a call from a woman reporting that her husband and a friend left for their fishing trip at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 6 and that they had not returned. She was expecting him back no later than 2 p.m. Their vehicle and trailer were reported as still being at the marina.

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., launched a C-130 Hercules crew and Coast Guard Station Cape May, N.J., sent the crew aboard the Coast Guard cutter Mako to assist. The C-130 crew spotted a vessel matching the description given by the wife. The crew spotted two males aboard, but was unable to make radio contact.

The crew of the Mako was diverted and confirmed it to be the missing vessel and crew. The two men stated that the vessel was overheating, which is why they couldn't make it back to port. (Sept. 7)

This article originally appeared in the November 2010 issue.