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Mishaps & Rescues Mid-Atlantic - June 2010

Recent responses from the Mid-Atlantic region

HEAVY WEATHER - A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light conducts surf training March 29 in inclement weather.

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Sunken vessel at Little Creek Marina

Norfolk, Va.

Coast Guard and Norfolk Fire Rescue crews responded to a report of a sunken vessel at Little Creek Marina. The Habeas Porpoise, a 27-foot recreational vessel, sank in its slip for unknown reasons.

A portion of the vessel's 220-gallon fuel tank spilled, creating a minor sheen in the marina. The vessel owner contracted a tow company to handle the cleanup of the fuel and the salvage of the vessel. The Coast Guard was monitoring cleanup efforts; the fuel spill was not affecting other vessels in the marina. (April 12)

EPIRB activated near Rudee Inlet

Virginia Beach, Va.

The Coast Guard responded to a report of a sinking vessel about 15 miles south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.

The operator of the fishing vessel Knockdown made a VHF radio distress call at 7:35 a.m. reporting he had struck a submerged object and was sinking about 3 miles east of False Cape. He also stated he had activated his EPIRB and launched his life raft.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., launched to assist and located the man in his life raft. They hoisted him and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

A 45-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek recovered the life raft and collected the debris. (April 2)

Two aboard disabled 19-footer


The Coast Guard rescued two people who were aboard a disabled boat near the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge in the Delaware River.

The Coast Guard received a report at 5:15 p.m. from Burlington County Dispatch reporting two people aboard a 19-foot boat were waving their arms and honking their boat horn.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia towed the boat and its crew to Frankfort Arsenal Marina. (April 4)

Three disabled in Delaware River


The Coast Guard rescued three people after the 20-foot boat they were aboard became disabled in the Delaware River one mile south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.

The Coast Guard received a call at 9:49 p.m. from a member of the Gloucester Township Police Department reporting the boat struck a log in the river and was disabled.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia took the boat and its crew in tow and moored them safely at Philadelphia Marina. No injuries were reported. (March 21)

Hoisted 37 miles out Barnegat Light, N.J.

The Coast Guard medevaced a 37-year-old-man from an 85-foot boat 37 miles off the coast of Barnegat Light.

The Coast Guard received a call at 2:55 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the Ocean Princess reporting one of the crewmen was experiencing chest pains.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on the scene and hoisted the man aboard. The man was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City for treatment. (March 27)

This article originally appeared in the June 2010 issue.