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Mishaps & Rescues - Connecticut & New York - October

Recent Coast Guard responses from across the nation

Tall ship freed

Station Woods Hole, Mass.

The 118-foot tall ship Unicorn and 16 women aboard the ship are safe after the vessel ran aground on rocks in Great Harbor near Woods Hole, Mass. The tall ship is back, safely anchored in Vineyard Haven, Mass., after the commercial tug Jaguar freed it from the rocks and towed it.

A Sea Tow boat works to free the 118-foot tall ship Unicorn Aug. 5 after it ran aground on rocks in Great Harbor near Woods Hole, Mass.

The ship was en route from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. The crew of the N.J.-based ship teaches young women how to sail, according to the Coast Guard.

A 41-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole removed nine teenagers and one adult chaperone from the Unicorn, leaving six adult crewmembers aboard to assist with freeing it. No injuries or pollution have been reported and a commercial dive team will perform an underwater assessment to inspect the hull for damage. The cause of the incident is under investigation, according to the Coast Guard. (Aug. 5)


from the Cattaraugus Creek beached several recreational boats Aug. 10
on the shores of Buffalo, N.Y. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo and various
western New York county sheriff’s marine units and tribal police
assisted and conducted searches for possible persons in distress.

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Four hoisted near Cape May

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued four people after their 75-foot fishing vessel took on water 80 miles southeast of Cape May.

The Coast Guard received a call from a crewmember aboard the vessel who said the boat was taking on water and the crew was abandoning ship. A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., hoisted all four people from their life raft. Because of adverse weather, the rescue helicopter crew transported all four people to Cape May County Airport where they were transferred to awaiting medical personnel. No injuries were reported, according to the Coast Guard. (Aug. 4)

Angler bitten by shark

Air Station New Orleans

The Coast Guard medevaced a 56-year-old man who was bitten by a shark while fishing near Breton Island about 65 miles southeast of New Orleans in Breton Sound.

Coast Guard Station Venice, La., received a radio transmission from the motor boat Predator that a passenger aboard the vessel had been bitten by a shark. Station Venice contacted Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, which launched an MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered to the boat and determined that the man needed to be medevaced.

The MH65C helicopter arrived at Cost Guard Air Station New Orleans later in the morning and local EMS transported the man to a hospital. His condition was unknown. (Aug. 1)

Coast Guard responds to helicopter crash

Station Rockland, Maine

The Coast Guard responded to a helicopter crash near Little Deer Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine.

A nearby vessel saw the helicopter crash and called Station Rockland to report the incident. The station launched a 25-foot response boat and crew. While en route, the response boat received a report that all four people aboard the helicopter got out safely after the crash and waded ashore at Little Deer Island. None suffered life-threatening injuries; only one was reported to have neck pain, but it was not considered serious, according to the Coast Guard.

A small dispatch boat from a 182-foot motor luxury yacht Lady Christine picked up the four people and brought them aboard.

The Rockland Coast Guard small boat tied up to the crashed helicopter and towed it to shore on the island, where a marine salvage company was to attempt to remove it.

The helicopter had about 30 gallons of fuel on board when it crashed. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection planned to investigate potential pollution. The cause of the crash will be investigated. (Aug. 1).

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