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Mishaps February 2011

Recent Coast Guard responses from around the region

LEND A HAND - The crew from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate tow the sailboat Wing It after rescuing three of its crewmembers July 24, 2008 from San Francisco Bay. The crewmembers were recently honored for their service in the line of duty for the rescue.

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Sailor in distress

New York

The Coast Guard rescued a man from his disabled sailboat, 35 miles southeast of Shinnecock, N.Y.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a distress call from a man on the sailboat Boom De Yada at 1:35 p.m., stating his sail was torn and a line was fouled in the boat's propeller, causing the boat to become adrift.

The rescue was marred early on by a lack of accurate information when the distressed mariner could not accurately give his correct position.

Search-and-rescue coordinators at the Coast Guard spotted the mistake in the distressed mariner's reported position, recalculated his position and launched a search-and-rescue jet from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod that spotted the 29-foot sailboat adrift and confirmed its position. Additionally, a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock, N.Y., responded to the scene.

The Coast Guard rescue boat crew towed the disabled sailboat to Shinnecock, where it was met by awaiting EMS. The man complained of head and back pain and was transferred to South Hampton Hospital for further evaluation. (Nov. 20)

Fisherman medevaced off commercial boat

New York

The Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember aboard a fishing boat approximately 35 miles off Shinnecock, N.Y.

The fisherman, a crewmember aboard Monomoy, a 90-foot fishing vessel based out of New Bedford, Mass., complained of breathing difficulty at around 4 p.m..

Search-and-rescue coordinators from Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound arranged for a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod to transfer the individual to a medical facility on Long Island.

The rescue helicopter arrived shortly thereafter. The rescue diver aboard the helicopter was lowered by winch onto Monomoy and placed the ailing crewmember into a winch-controlled rescue basket, which was raised into the helicopter. The fisherman was flown to awaiting local EMS and was then transported to a hospital on Long Island. (Nov. 22)

Disoriented in low visibility

Barnegat Light, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a 21-foot boat after they became disorientated one mile east of Barnegat Light Inlet.

The Coast Guard received a call at 4:45 p.m. from the Ocean County Police Department reporting the boaters were disorientated from low visibility, with their boat running low on fuel and without a GPS or a VHF radio.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light arrived on the scene and escorted the boat and its crew to the station. No injuries were reported. (Nov. 15)

Coast Guard crew rescues man overboard

Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued a 59-year-old male after he fell off a 45-foot charterboat he was fishing from a half-mile east of Mantoloking.

Jim Sager, 59, from Point Pleasant, N.J., was rescued after the Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the Islander reporting Sager went into the water after he was hit by a loose bait box.

A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., arrived on the scene and rescued Sager from the water. He was suffering from hypothermia.

Sager was transported to the station and transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel and then taken to Ocean Medical Center in Brick, N.J., in stable condition. (Nov. 30)

Vessel and crew safe, search ended


The Coast Guard ended its search for the crew of the 140-foot fishing vessel Retriever after the owner of the Retriever contacted the First Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston and reported the vessel was not in distress.

The master stated a large wave came over the side of the vessel and set off the boat's EPRIB. The boat also suffered a loss of generator power, limiting the crew's ability to communicate. (Nov. 8)

Two in water after capsize


The Coast Guard rescued one man and located another unresponsive man near the Boston Harbor Islands. Coast Guard Sector Boston received notification at around 1:20 a.m. that the fishing vessel Jacquelyn Ann was overdue with two men aboard.

The Coast Guard launched boat crews from Station Boston, Station Point Allerton and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. The rescue helicopter crew located one man at around 5:52 a.m. on Little Brewster Island. The man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

At around 8 a.m., the Coast Guard rescue helicopter located the second man and guided the Station Point Allerton rescue crew to the person in the water. He was found unresponsive and taken back to Station Point Allerton where he was transferred to local EMS. The man told rescue crews that the vessel capsized at around 2 p.m., Nov. 14.

The Jacquelyn Ann left Wessaguesset Yacht Club in Weymouth at noon Nov. 14 to retrieve lobster traps near Hull Gut. (Nov. 15)

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters Sections of the February 2011 issue.