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Mishaps & Rescues - New England August 2010

Recent responses from throughout the country

Floating in 57-degree water

A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod prepares to hoist two men rescued from 57-degree water by a 47-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Gloucester about nine miles north of Rockport, Mass. The boat was taking on water.

The Coast Guard rescued two men after their pleasure boat sank about nine miles north of Rockport, Mass.
Coast Guard Station Gloucester received a cell phone call at 1:35 p.m. from the men reporting their boat, the 30-footer Happy Days, was taking on water. The station advised the men to put on their life jackets.

The boat sank shortly after and the men found themselves in 57-degree water.
The Coast Guard worked with the cell phone company to determine an approximate location of the men's last known position.
The crew of an HU-25 Falcon jet spotted the two men around 7 p.m. A 25-foot boat crew from Gloucester rescued the 62-year-old and 34-year-old men from the water and transferred them to the helicopter around 7:30 p.m. to be taken to a local hospital. (May 29)

Block Island station open for the summer

Block Island, R.I.
Coast Guard Station Block Island was officially opened for the summer boating season.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Station Block Island, under the parent command of Station Point Judith, will have a boat and crew ready to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day.
During the winter, the station - which covers Rhode Island Sound, Block Island Sound and offshore waters up to 50 miles south of Rhode Island - closes because of low mariner traffic. Coast Guard Station Point Judith covers this area during the winter.
Mariners within Block Island Sound are reminded to report all marine emergencies to the Command Center at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England using VHF channel 16 or by calling (508) 457-3211. (May 28)

C.G. rescues two after boat sinks
The Coast Guard rescued two people from their 51-foot wooden fishing boat off the coast of Point Judith, R.I., after it began taking on water and sank.
The Coast Guard received a call from the two-person crew aboard the Lucy M, based in Point Judith, R.I., on VHF radio reporting they were taking on water about one mile off Black Point in Narragansett Bay, R.I.
A 41-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill and a 47-foot boat crew and 27-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Judith responded.
The 47-foot boat crew from Station Point Judith escorted the Lucy M as the vessel's crew attempted to beach the vessel on a shoal. The station boat crew removed the two men from the vessel when it began taking on too much water and became unsafe for the crew.
The boat sank in about 23 feet of water in the middle of the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge, about 1,700 yards off the coast of Sandy Hill Cove in Point Judith. About 8 feet of the Lucy M is visible above the water line.
There is an estimated 60-foot by 15-foot sheen around the vessel.
The owner reported an estimated 50 gallons of fuel were aboard the vessel at the time it sank. Pollution investigators from Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England's East Providence office were on the scene assessing the situation.
The Coast Guard is issuing a broadcast to mariners notifying them of the location of the sunken vessel and advising mariners in the area to transit with caution.
There are no reports of injuries. (May 27)

Medevac for broken ankle
Barnegat Light, N.J.
The Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old man aboard an 86-foot fishing boat after he sustained an ankle injury 35 miles east of Barnegat Light.
The Coast Guard received a call at 4 a.m. from the captain of the Carolina Boy reporting that a man had slipped on the deck and broken his left ankle.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light arrived and transferred the man to the rescue boat, transporting him back to the station where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel. (June 8)

20-footer capsizes near Shark River, N.J.
Shark River, N.J.
The Coast Guard, along with a good Samaritan, rescued three people after the 20-foot boat they were aboard capsized 1 mile east of Shark River.
The Coast Guard received a call at 12:28 p.m. from a crewmember of High Hope reporting they were taking on water. A good Samaritan from the boat Lady Gail Marie arrived on the scene after the boat capsized and pulled all three people from the water with no injuries.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Shark River arrived and transferred all three people to the rescue boat and transported them to the station where they were transferred to awaiting medical personnel.
All three were wearing a life jacket. (June 6)

Coast Guard rescues two people, dog
Shark River, N.J.
The Coast Guard rescued two people and their dog on Shark River after their 48-foot boat ran aground on the jetty.
The Coast Guard received a call around 9:35 p.m. on VHF channel 16 from a crewmember aboard the Nadiein Ann reporting they were aground and taking on water.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Shark River arrived and evacuated both people and their dog from the boat. They were transported to the Coast Guard station where they were transferred to emergency medical personnel. (June 3)

Man calls family; search called off
Point Pleasant, N.J.
The Coast Guard called off its search for a 40-year-old man off the coast of Point Pleasant.
The Coast Guard was notified by a member of the New York City Police Department reporting the man contacted a family member at 6 a.m. and was alive.
All responding Coast Guard units were called off. (May 29)

C. G. medevacs one
Atlantic City, N.J.
The Coast Guard medevaced a
70-year-old man from a grounded 35-foot boat near Atlantic City.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received a report at 9:53 a.m. from a crewmember aboard a Station Atlantic City rescue boat that they were assisting three people whose boat had run aground. One of the passengers had cracked ribs because of the grounding.
The rescue boat crew transferred the man aboard their boat and transported him back to the station. The man was then transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel for treatment.
The 35-footer was towed to Trump Marina in Atlantic City by a commercial salvage boat crew. (May 21)

Capsized while changing fuel tanks
Atlantic Beach, N.C.
Station Oregon Inlet crewmembers located two men about six miles northwest of Manns Harbor on the shore of East Lake after their 16-foot jonboat capsized.
Dare Central 911 called Sector North Carolina watchstanders and reported a 58-year-old man and a 72-year-old man were overdue. Their family reported the two men were expected back at 5 p.m.
One man was diabetic and the family was uncertain if he had eaten.
A Station Oregon Inlet crew responded with their 21-foot rescue boat and an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted from its nearby training. While the boat crew was searching, they noticed a flashing light near the shoreline. They investigated the flashing light and discovered the two men on shore.
The boat crew transported them back to the boat ramp and awaiting family members. EMS transported them to the hospital to be checked. The diabetic man was cleared with no medical concerns.
They reported that they were attempting to change fuel tanks at about 1 p.m. and the seas in the area caused the boat to capsize. The accident happened close enough to shore to pull the boat in and wait for a rescue.
The men did not have a radio on board their vessel. (May 25)

This article originally appeared in the New England Home Waters section of the August 2010 issue.