Recent responses from North Carolina to New Jersey
Coast Guard tows four to safety
Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
The Coast Guard rescued four people from a sinking boat seven miles off Wrightsville Beach. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a call from the boat and deployed two rescue boat crews from Station Wrightsville Beach to help them. The 47- and 25-foot rescue boats arrived and crews transferred all four people to safety. The 47-foot rescue boat towed the 20-foot pleasure boat to Wrightsville Beach Wildlife Boat Ramp. (April 4)
Coast Guard suspends search in Nanticoke
Station Crisfield, Md.
The Coast Guard suspended its search for two missing boaters in the Nanticoke River. The Coast Guard, along with local agencies, searched about 127 square miles for 24 hours. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders received the initial call from Wicomico County Fire and Rescue reporting a man who fell overboard from a boat near Big Creek Marsh. It was later reported that there were two missing boaters. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Crisfield and a rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., responded, along with Maryland state troopers and other local rescue units. The boat crew from Station Crisfield searched throughout the night and the aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City conducted a first-light search the following day. Both rescue crews, along with local agencies, also continued searching throughout the day. The search was suspended pending any further developments. (April 5)
Coast Guard medevacs injured yacht passenger
Station Fort Macon, N.C.
Coast Guard Station Fort Macon rescue crewmembers medevaced an injured man from a yacht that ran aground in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway near Beaufort, N.C. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders were contacted by SeaTow in Beaufort to report that a 60-foot Hatteras yacht had run aground and a man on board was experiencing neck and back pain. Station Fort Macon launched a 24-foot rescue boat crew to transport him to EMS at the Morehead City Wildlife Ramp. SeaTow refloated the yacht and reported that none of the other passengers on board had been injured. (April 24)
Body recovered near Barnegat, N.J.
Station Barnegat Light, N.J.
The Coast Guard recovered the body of a 52-year-old man near Oyster Creek in Barnegat Bay. The Coast Guard received a call from the New Jersey State Police reporting a missing man off a boat. The New Jersey State Police reported stopping the man earlier while he was under way. They later found the boat aground with the engine running, north of Barnegat Inlet buoy near Waretown, N.J., with a wallet and recreational gear aboard, but no sign of the man. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light searched for the boater. The helicopter crew located him in Barnegat Bay near Oyster Creek and the boat crew from Station Barnegat Light recovered him. He was unresponsive. He was then transferred to members of Barnegat Fire Department, who transferred him to the New Jersey State Police. (March 28)
This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the July 2009 issue.