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Mishaps & Rescues – Mid-Atlantic

Helicopter Rescue

Gogul pulls in the trail line to a stokes litter.

Fireman Joshua L. Graham spots Petty Officer 2nd Class John Z. Gogul while awaiting the trail line on a

41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes while practicing transport of rescued personnel from a boat to a helicopter.

Gogul pulls in the trail line to a stokes litter.

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark E. Espinosa, a basic aircrewman from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., lowers a trail line down to crewmembers.

Fire consumes sportfishing boat

Station Oregon Inlet, N.C.

A Coast Guard rescue boat crew saved two people from a burning boat in Roanoke Channel near Wanchese, N.C. A Station Oregon Inlet 21-foot boat crew was familiarizing a new crewmember with the area when they saw smoke and arrived at the scene of a burning 43-foot sportfishing boat. Two people were pulled to safety before their boat was consumed with fire. A 47-foot rescue boat crew also responded to the fire in order to keep other boats at a safe distance. According to the Coast Guard, the fire quickly spread across the deck. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina issued a Marine Safety Information Broadcast on marine radio channel 16 and 22. Salvage was  to be attempted as soon as the weather subsided. Mariners were urged to take caution when transiting this area. Between 2 to 3 feet of the sunken boat remain above the water and out of the navigable channel. (Dec. 8)

Missing boater found safe

Sector North Carolina

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina closed the case for a boater after he was located on the east side of Cape Lookout, N.C. The evening before, the man had beached his boat on Cape Lookout and begun walking. Early the next morning Coast Guard Sector North Carolina was notified by his wife, reporting he called her by cell phone. Although he had a life jacket, flares, food and water, he had not filed a complete float plan before leaving and lacked any electronic navigational equipment. He said he had become disoriented in rough seas when the hand-held compass he was using malfunctioned. After beaching his boat, he was picked up by a Cape Lookout Park Ranger on an ATV. The search for the man involved search crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., Coast Guard Station Fort Macon N.C., and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. (Dec. 18)

This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue.