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Mishaps & Rescues – New England

Two Rescued

The Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol rescued two fishermen Jan. 26 from the 44-foot fishing vessel Whistlin' Dixie, shown partially submerged about seven miles east of Biddeford Pool, Maine. The fishermen believe the boat struck a submerged object. They radioed for help then climbed into the vessel's life raft and a Maine Marine Patrol boat picked them up 14 minues later.

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Fisherman found dead, another missing

Station Gloucester, Mass.

The Coast Guard recovered the body of one fisherman and continued its search for a second near Gloucester, Mass., after receiving reports that a fire alarm on board the pair’s fishing boat had been activated. The two men left Gloucester aboard their 54-foot stern trawler. The co-owner contacted Coast Guard Station Gloucester to report the boat’s fire alarms had been activated. Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish, a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., and a 47-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester continued to search for the missing fisherman. The Coast Guard also issued a marine information broadcast requesting assistance with the search from mariners in the area. Seas were 4 to 6 feet with winds of 20 to 25 knots. The water temperature was 42 degrees. (Jan. 3)

Man swims after boat, dogs

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

A man and his two dogs were saved after they were separated by strong winds and a drifting boat near Fire Island, N.Y. The Coast Guard received a mayday call from a man reporting he was stranded on Captree Island while his boat, which held his two dogs, was drifting away from him. Coast Guard Station Fire Island launched a rescue boat crew and the Suffolk County Police Department sent a rescue helicopter and boat crew shortly after hearing the distress call. The man told the Coast Guard he was attempting to launch his boat, which contained his two dogs, and head back to land. The weather caused the boat to slip away from him as he pushed off the island. He reportedly swam after it, but because of strong winds and cold waters, he was unable to catch up. The rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island arrived and brought the man to safety. At the same time, Station Fire Island sent rescue patrols out to Robert Moses Beach to search for the missing boat, which was found 15 minutes later. The Coast Guard also found the two dogs still aboard and safely reunited them with their owner. The winds on scene were 32 to 38 mph. (Dec. 31)

Vessel takes on water

Station Sandy Hook, N.J.

A man was rescued by the Coast Guard after his boat began taking on water in Ambrose Channel. Water began flooding through a broken light fixture on the bow of the 34-foot survey vessel Michele Jeanne and its bilge pumps were unable to keep up. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook was on scene within 16 minutes after receiving the initial call. The station sent a dewatering pump and two crewmembers to assist the operator of the survey boat. While the Coast Guard dewatered the boat, the cutter Line came alongside and sent over three of its crew on the cutter’s small boat. They were able to patch the hole, and Line escorted the survey boat to Elizabeth, N.J. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The operator of the survey boat was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. (Dec. 27)

Crews assist the operator of the 34-foot survy vessel Michele Jeanne Dec. 27 in Ambrose Channel near New York Harbor.

Disabled 100 miles out

Station Cape May, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a disabled 72-foot fishing boat 100 miles off the coast of Cape May, N.J. The Coast Guard received a call from a crew member aboard the boat, home-ported in Freeport, N.Y., reporting engine failure because of faulty batteries. The crew confirmed the boat was not in distress and was equipped with a life raft and an emergency position indicating radio beacon. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mako, home-ported in Cape May, arrived with replacement batteries. The crew replaced the batteries and were unable to restart the boat because of engine failure. The crew of the cutter was towing the fishing boat and crew to Cape May. The owner and operator of the boat contacted commercial assistance for relief of the tow once they arrived near Cape May. (Jan. 8)

Recent responses from Gloucester, Mass., to Cape May, N.J.

This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue.