Recent Coast Guard responses from the Northeast
GUARDING LIBERTY — A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station New York, based on Staten Island, N.Y., speeds past the Statue of Liberty as it rides alongside the Staten Island Ferry as part of a security escort.
Fire on Fire Island Ferry
Sector Long Island Sound, N.Y.
The Coast Guard is investigating an engine room fire that occurred on board the 85-foot passenger ferry Fire Island Belle during a routine transit from Ocean Beach to Fair Harbor N.Y.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call from the ferry’s crew stating that the vessel was roughly 100 yards from shore when the fire started. The vessel energized an on-board fixed firefighting system and was able to extinguish most of the fire. Fair Harbor Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted as well, according to the Coast Guard.
Fire Island Belle pulled into Fair Harbor, N.Y., and safely unloaded the 130 passengers. There were no reports of injuries or pollution as a result of the incident. The ferry was arranged to be towed to its home berth in Bay Shore, N.Y.
Coast Guard marine investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Coram, N.Y. responded to the scene and administered drug and alcohol testing to the vessel’s crew, according to the Coast Guard. (Sept. 20)
Three people rescued from sinking boat
Station Cape May, N.J.
A good Samaritan rescued three people after their 45-foot fishing boat began taking on water in Delaware Bay near Cape May, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the ship reporting they were taking on water and in distress. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine broadcast to mariners requesting assistance from nearby boaters. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May and a rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., were dispatched to the scene, according to the Coast Guard. The crew of fishing boat Ambitious answered the broadcast and towed the disabled ship and its crew to Oyster Dock in Port Norris, N.J. (Oct. 2)
Good Samaritan rescues eight
Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.
A good Samaritan rescued eight people who were aboard a sinking 48-footer 55 miles east of Cape May, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the ship American Lady who reported that the sportfishing boat Always Late was taking on water and the crew needed assistance. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to mariners and four boats responded to the broadcast, according to the Coast Guard. Good Samaritans aboard the sportfishing boat Marli rescued seven of the crewmembers. One crewmember remained on board in an attempt to salvage the sinking boat. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived on the scene and lowered a rescue swimmer with a pump to assist the crewmen in controlling the flooding. The rescue swimmer and crewman were unable to control the flooding and abandoned ship. Marli rescued the remaining crewmember. (Sept. 19)
Coast Guard suspends search for lobsterman
The Coast Guard suspended its search for a Gloucester man who fell overboard from the lobster vessel Dominatrix about three miles south of Eastern Point in Gloucester, Mass.
The 43-year-old fell overboard while he was working on the stern of the 39-foot Dominatrix. Coast Guard crews searched for 20 hours, covered 139 square miles and completed 10 search patterns looking for the man, but were unable to locate him.
In addition to Coast Guard boat, helicopter and jet crews, the search was aided the Gloucester and Salem, Mass., harbormasters, two Massachusetts Environmental Police boats, commercial vessels Gateway Endeavor and Manatee, and several local fishing vessels. (Oct. 13)
This article originally appeared in the Connecticut & New York Home Waters Section of the December 2009 issue.