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Mishaps & Rescues – New England

Recent responses from around New England

The Coast Guard cutter Polar Sea breaks ice in the Northern Arctic Ocean in support of several scientific research studies. the polar Sea is transporting scientists to the far north in support of several research studies, including polar bear studies.

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Coast Guard suspends search for lobsterman


The Coast Guard suspended its search for a Gloucester man who fell overboard from the lobster vessel Dominatrix about three miles south of Eastern Point in Gloucester, Mass.

The 43-year-old fell overboard while he was working on the stern of the 39-foot Dominatrix. Coast Guard crews searched for 20 hours, covered 139 square miles and completed 10 search patterns looking for the man, but were unable to locate him.

In addition to Coast Guard boat, helicopter and jet crews, the search was aided by the Gloucester and Salem, Mass., harbormasters, two Massachusetts Environmental Police boats, commercial vessels Gateway Endeavor and Manatee, and several local fishing vessels. (Oct. 13)

Four people saved from boat fire

Coast Guard Station

Portsmouth Harbor, N.H.

A good Samaritan saved four people from a burning vessel about 11 miles inland on the Cocheco River in New Hampshire. Coast Guard boat crews and partner agencies extinguished the fire a short time later.

Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor was notified by the Dover Police Department about a fire on board a pleasure craft and launched a 25-foot boat. There were four people aboard the burning vessel, two adults and two children from Lee, N.H.

After the good Samaritan rescued the four boaters, the Coast Guard boat crew began firefighting efforts until the Portsmouth Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze. The children sustained some injuries and were transferred to an area hospital, according to the Coast Guard.

The boat was burnt to the vessel’s water line and was secured to the shore. The New Hampshire Marina Patrol was planning conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the fire, according to the Coast Guard. (Sept. 20)

Ill fisherman hoisted from trawler

Coast Guard Sector Boston

Coast Guard air crew transported a fisherman to shore after he began experiencing chest pains about 120 miles east of Provincetown, Mass.

The 76-foot stern trawler Lilly Jean called Coast Guard Sector Boston over VHF-FM radio requesting assistance for a fisherman on board.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted the fisherman and transported him to an airport in Hyannis where they were met by local emergency service personnel who transported the fisherman to a hospital, according to the Coast Guard. (Sept. 3)

Wellcraft partially submerged at pier

Portsmouth, N.H.

Three people were on board a 34-foot Wellcraft when it struck an object in the Piscataqua River near Portsmouth, N.H., spilling gasoline into the river. The vessel was taken to a pier in South Elliot, Maine, where it remains partially submerged. The crew was taken to the hospital for evaluation; two were reported to have minor injuries, and the third person suffered several broken bones and other injuries. The Piscataqua River Cooperative placed containment boom around the boat to prevent the gasoline from spreading, and the Coast Guard contracted Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., to clean up the spill. The Coast Guard will oversee cleanup operations, using federal funds, and the Maine Marine Patrol is conducting an accident investigation. (Sept. 9)

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