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Mishaps & Rescues - New England

Recent responses from across the nation

EXAMINING ALASKAN WRECK - A remote operating vehicle run by Global Offshore Divers examines a porthole along the starboard side of the Princess Kathleen in Alaskan waters. The 369-foot Princess Kathleen, a Canadian Pacific Railroad vessel built in 1925, grounded and sank in 1952 near Lena Point, Alaska, carrying an estimated 155,000 gallons of fuel.

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Ill man transported


The Coast Guard transported an ill crewman from a 31-foot lobster boat about seven miles east of Gloucester, Mass., to shore.

The Gloucester-based Miss Meredith contacted Coast Guard Station Gloucester for assistance for a 49-year-old crewman who was unresponsive and incoherent.

The station dispatched a 25-foot rescue boat crew and transported the Rockport, Mass., native back to the station where local emergency services personnel were waiting.

The crewman's condition was unknown. (March 9)

Vessel runs aground

Barnstable, Mass.

The Coast Guard responded to a 40-foot vessel that ran aground on a jetty in Sesuit Harbor in Cape Cod Bay near Barnstable, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England was notified by a 911 call that the vessel had run aground with three people aboard.

Rescue crews from Station Cape Cod Canal and Station Provincetown launched at 3:50 p.m., and found the vessel hard aground.

The vessel was taking on water until the tide went out. There were no reported injuries.

The Dennis Police Department and harbormaster were also on the scene. (Feb. 28)

Coast Guard rescues two Marine Corps pilots

Charleston, S.C.

The Coast Guard rescued two Marine Corps pilots about 35 miles off the coast of Saint Helena Sound, S.C.

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., notified the Coast Guard at about 5:17 p.m. that two pilots aboard a Marine F/A-18D Hornet attached to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 went down off the coast of South Carolina. In addition, it was reported that two parachutes were seen, indicating that the pilots had ejected.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Air Facility Charleston located the missing pilots at 6:15 p.m. and safely rescued them. (March 10)

Six saved at regatta

St. Petersburg, Fla.

A Coast Guard boat crew from Station St. Petersburg, Fla., rescued six people south of the St. Petersburg Pier after their sailboat capsized during the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Regatta.

The crew, aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, heard a distress call from a good Samaritan aboard sailing vessel In Our Dreams, who reported the 24-foot sailing vessel Shock Therapy had capsized. The boat crew arrived on the scene at 1:22 p.m. and discovered six people in the water.

All six people were safely rescued in good condition with no injuries and transported back to Station St. Petersburg, arriving at 1:27 p.m.

The vessel remained partially submerged about 600 yards south of the St. Petersburg Pier. The Coast Guard issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast, warning mariners of the hazard to navigation. (March 13)

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the May 2010 issue.