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Mishaps & Rescues - Connecticut & New York

STEALTH SHIP — The Department of Defense high-speed experimental boat Stiletto departs U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach en route to a training exercise area near the South Florida coast. The 88-foot-long, 60-ton vessel is under the tactical control of Joint Interagency Task Force South to counter illicit trafficking operations.

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Sinking off Rockaway

Station Sandy Hook, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued two men and a dog after their boat began to sink three miles south of Rockaway Beach, N.Y.

Coast Guard Sector New York received a cell phone call from the owner of the 40-footer, stating the vessel was taking on water. A 47-foot rescue boat crew was launched from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and rescued the two boaters and their dog before the boat sank.

A notice was issued to mariners by Coast Guard Sector New York to exercise caution while transiting the area. (May 19)

Off-duty rescue

Sector Long Island Sound, Conn.

A woman was rescued by three off-duty Coast Guardsmen in the Thames River near City Pier.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report from the commanding officer of the Coast Guard cutter Willow stating that the three crewmembers were returning to the ship when they heard splashing and a woman’s cry for help at the end of City Pier, according to the Coast Guard.

The crewmembers attempted to assist the woman in the water. Soon after, one crewmember decided to enter the water and was able to rescue the woman.

Both were reported to be in good condition, according to the Coast Guard. (May 14)

Six rescued off Keyport

Station Sandy Hook, N.J.

A Coast Guard crew and a good Samaritan rescued six people from their grounded vessel near Keyport, N.J.

Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook received the call on channel 16. The Coast Guard crew was able to rescue four people from the grounded vessel. A good Samaritan also responded and rescued the other two people from the vessel.

The vessel’s propellers became caught on the underwater pilings while it was en route to the marina. Coast Guard Sector New York issued a safety marine broadcast to alert mariners to use caution while transiting the area. (May 9)

This article originally appeared in the Connecticut & New York Home Waters Section of the August 2009 issue.