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Mishaps & Rescues – New England

Recent responses from throughout New England

Police divers locate body

Station Gloucester, Mass.

Massachusetts State Police divers located a body, presumed to be a man who went missing a half-mile south of Gloucester, Mass., a few days earlier.

The missing man had been diving in 90 feet of water off Eastern Point. The crew of the boat he was diving from notified Coast Guard Station Gloucester when it was noticed he was two hours overdue. Multiple agencies worked together in conducting a 96-hour search that covered 524 square nautical miles, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Sector Boston led the search, which included a 25-foot response boat, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Gloucester, several helicopters from Air Station Cape Cod, the 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Moray of Jonesport, Maine, and the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle of Gloucester. (May 20)

Search ends for missing lobsterman

Station Southwest Harbor, Maine

The Coast Guard ended its search for the operator of a 34-foot lobster boat reported missing. The lobster boat was found unmanned with the motor running in Blue Hill Bay near Flye Island, Maine.

The search was conducted for 30 hours, covering 115 square nautical miles. Rescue crews had started searching earlier in the day after the man’s girlfriend had notified the Maine Marine Patrol that he was missing, according to the Coast Guard.

The search was conducted by two rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor, Maine Marine Patrol, and a Falcon Jet Crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod (Mass.). (May 26)

57-degree water rescue

Station Point Allerton, Mass.

Coast Guard rescue crews saved two kayakers from the water after the kayaks overturned near the Boston Light. The kayakers were able to call 911 for help shortly after entering the water.

Coast Guard Station Point Allerton launched a 41-foot boat crew and a 25-foot boat crew, and found the pair wearing life jackets and dry suits, clinging to a buoy a half-mile southeast of Georges Island, Mass., according to the Coast Guard.

At the time of the rescue the water temperature was 57 F with winds of about 12 miles per hour and 3-foot seas. Both kayakers showed signs of hypothermia and were transported to Pemberton Pier, where paramedics were standing by to take them to South Shore Hospital for further treatment. (May 26)

C.G. boat capsizes

Station Menemsha, Mass.

The Coast Guard pulled five of its own members from the water after their boat submerged during training 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

All five members had been assigned to Port Security Unit 301 in Cape Cod and were training in a 25-foot response boat. After the boat capsized, the members were recovered by another PSU boat crew conducting training nearby. One member suffered an ankle injury and another showed signs of hypothermia. The crew was transported to Coast Guard Station Menemsha, where they were met at the pier by paramedics, according to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England is making plans to salvage the swamped vessel. (May 27)

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters Section of the August 2009 issue.