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Mishaps & Rescues Mid-Atlantic - October

Recent responses from around the nation

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)

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.

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)

Dredge runs aground

Sector North Carolina

Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet crews transported an injured crewmember from a workboat after it ran aground in Oregon Inlet on its way to a dredge.

The crew of the workboat Cooper River called Sector North Carolina watchstanders reporting the vessel had run aground and a crewmember bruised his thigh. Cooper River crewmembers stabilized his leg prior to the Station Oregon Inlet 47-foot motor lifeboat crew arriving to medevac him to EMS waiting at the station. (Aug. 10)

Weapons, drugs found on felon’s boat

Station Oak Island, N.C.

The Coast Guard found an illegal firearm, ammunition and illegal drugs in a grounded fishing vessel and assisted local law enforcement officers with taking the vessel’s owner into custody near the Southport Harbor Marina.

The North Carolina Marine Patrol notified Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Oak Island that they located an unmanned 35-foot recreational boat aground in the marsh near the marina.

Two Coast Guard boarding officers from the station and a marina patrol crew boarded a shallow-draft marine patrol boat to verify the condition of the vessel and determine if there was any distress or pollution. The Coast Guard found ammunition on the boat so they did a background check on the owner and discovered the owner was a convicted felon. They then did a sweep of the whole boat and found a gun, spear-gun projectiles and controlled substances, according to the Coast Guard.

The marine patrol boat crew then transported an Oak Island Police Department K-9 unit and two other detectives to search the boat. Shortly after, the owner and operator of the vessel arrived with a crew from the American Fish Company to salvage the vessel. Upon arrival, the owner was taken into custody by Oak Island Police, according to the Coast Guard. (Aug. 6)

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)

Medevac for Navy midshipman

Sector Baltimore

The Coast Guard medevaced a midshipman after responding to a call from a Navy training vessel in the Chesapeake Bay.

A crewmember on a 44-foot Navy sailboat contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders by marine-band radio reporting an injured 22-year-old Navy midshipman that reportedly struck his head against the boom during training in the Chesapeake Bay.

A crew on a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Annapolis arrived a short while later and transferred the man to the rescue boat. They then transported him to Annapolis City Dock, where he was met by local EMS and taken to a trauma center in Baltimore. (Aug. 1)

This article originally appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Home Waters Section of the October 2009 issue.