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Mishaps - New England


The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Legare prepares Oct. 5 to tow the 77-foot fishing vessel Michael & Kristen. The Michael & Kristen, with five aboard, became disabled 145 miles southeast of Chatham, Mass., at around 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

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Two rescued off Portsmouth, R.I.

Station Castle Hill, R.I.

A good Samaritan vessel rescued two people from the water at about 1:45 p.m. Sept. 29 after the 29-foot boat they were on experienced an engine failure off Portsmouth, R.I., near Prudence Island.

A Coast Guard Station Castle Hill 45-foot response boat crew took the rescued people off the good Samaritan boat and transported them to Mellville Marina in Portsmouth, where a waiting ambulance took them to Newport Hospital. There are no reports of serious injuries.

Two other people who remained aboard the disabled boat were taken aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary boat. A second auxiliary boat took the disabled vessel under tow and transferred it to a commercial towing service.

The cause of the mishap is unknown, but will be investigated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, which also had a boat respond to the scene.

Rapidly taking on water offshore

Station Provincetown (Mass.)

One person died and a Coast Guard crew rescued two others Oct. 8 after a boat began taking on water about one mile off the coast of Provincetown, Mass.

A station crewmember performed CPR on one of the unconscious boaters on the trip back to the station, but the boater was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The two survivors were hypothermic, but in stable condition when rescued by the Coast Guard crew.

Around 9:10 a.m., the Coast Guard received a distress call from a person aboard the 20-foot vessel stating they were taking on water.

Coast Guard crews were able to use Rescue 21, the Coast Guard's advanced command, control and communications system, to triangulate the location of the boat.

Rescue 21 used the signal received from two towers to pinpoint the boaters' location.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Provincetown responded to the calls and recovered all three boaters from the water.

A local EMS crew met the crew and boaters at the station to transport the three to a local hospital. The name and home port of the vessel is unknown. The cause of the vessel taking on water is unknown.

C. G. partners with Canadians for rescue

Command Center Boston

The Coast Guard, in conjunction with Rescue Coordination Center Halifax (Nova Scotia), rescued three people at 3:21 p.m. Sept. 13 from the fishing vessel Winddancer II, eight miles south of Grand Manan Island.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England and RCC Halifax received a mayday call on VHF channel 16 from the Canadian fishing vessel that it was taking on water at around 2:30 p.m.

RCC Halifax requested assistance through the First Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston, as well as Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. Sector Northern New England launched Coast Guard Station Eastport at 2:45 p.m.

A 25-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Eastport, along with a Canadian C-130 aircraft and a Canadian rescue helicopter, arrived and recovered all three people that were on board Winddancer II.

Recovered Coast Guardsman identified

Portsmouth, Va.

The Coast Guard identified the body of the Coast Guardsman who died Oct. 13 after falling into the James River near Newport News during a training exercise.

Petty Officer Third Class Shaun Lin, 23, hailed from New York. Lin, a maritime enforcement specialist, served the Coast Guard for approximately three years.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., Lin, a member of the Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, fell from a ladder into the James River while attempting to transfer from a 25-foot small boat to the Coast Guard cutter Frank Drew during a training exercise in the vicinity of the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel near Newport News.

The crew aboard the small boat attempted a recovery, but lost sight of him.

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters section of the  December 2010 issue.