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Mishaps & Rescues - New England

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Boater rescued from vessel fire

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

A good Samaritan rescued a boater in the water after their 27-foot boat became engulfed in flames about one mile east of Coast Guard Station Fire Island, N.Y.

The good Samaritan contacted Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound by marine band radio after seeing the boater attempt to swim toward shore. The good Samaritan transferred the boater to a Coast Guard Station Fire Island rescue vessel that brought him to awaiting emergency medical care at the station. The boat reportedly suffered injuries to his face and arms from the fire, according to the Coast Guard.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. (May 30)

Coast Guard rescues family off N.C.

Beaufort, N.C.

A Coast Guard rescue boat crew saved a family of four aboard a sinking boat eight miles off Bogue Inlet.

The father called Sea Tow in Beaufort on his VHF radio and told them his boat was taking on water near the Beaufort “sea” buoy with his family of four aboard, including a 9-year-old.

Later, a mayday was heard twice and communications were lost, but Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders heard the call. Two towers picked up the transmission, which gave the watchstanders two lines of bearing that crossed near the “C” buoy 8.5 nautical miles from Bogue Inlet. Station Emerald Isle launched a 27-foot rescue boat, while the watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast in case someone nearby might be able to help.

The rescuers arrived and found the family — three clinging to the capsized boat and one floating in the water — all wearing their life jackets. They retrieved everyone from the water.

TowBoatUS from Swansboro, N.C., arrived to salvage the overturned vessel. (June 21)

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