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PHOTOs: Coast Guard rescues kayaker 30 miles offshore in Lake Michigan  Follow link

September 1, 2014 4:29 pm

Coast Guard crew stands with survivor after rescue a Coast Guard crew stand with a man they rescued and his family

Aircrew members from Coast Guard Air Facility Muskegon, Mich., stand with the man they rescued from Lake Michigan at Muskegon County Airport, Sept. 1, 2014.

The crew rescued the man 30 miles northwest of Muskegon after he became fatigued from the adverse weather conditions while kayaking from Milwaukee, Wisc., to Muskegon, and activated his personal locator beacon.


U.S Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Facility Muskegon

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Facility Muskegon, Mich., stand with the man they rescued from Lake Michigan, and his family at Muskegon County Airport, Sept. 1, 2014.

The crew rescued the man 30 miles northwest of Muskegon after he became fatigued from the adverse weather conditions while kayaking from Milwaukee, Wisc., to Muskegon, and activated his personal locator beacon.

U.S Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Facility Muskegon

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued a 31-year-old man 30 miles offshore in Lake Michigan Monday morning after he activated his personal locator beacon.

The man's name is not being released by the Coast Guard.

Just after 7:30 a.m., CST, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received notification from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center about a distress signal received from a PLB in the middle of Lake Michigan, approximately 30 miles west of Muskegon, Michigan.

Sector Lake Michigan directed the launch of a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Muskegon, aboard a 45-foot response boat, and a crew from Coast Guard Station Grand Haven, Michigan, aboard a 47-foot response boat. An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Facility Muskegon, aboard a Dolphin helicopter, also responded.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, advising mariners of the situation, asking them to keep a sharp lookout, to report all sightings to the nearest Coast Guard unit and to assist if possible.

Watchstanders also contacted one of the man's relatives based on information obtained from the registration of the PLB. That relative reported that the man was planning to kayak from Milwaukee to Muskegon yesterday, but did not know if he had arrived yet.

At about 9:30 a.m., EST, the aircrew from Air Facility Muskegon arrived overhead of the man's last known position and located him waving his hands for help. A rescue swimmer was lowered into the water to assess the man's condition. Both were then hoisted aboard the helicopter and taken to the Air Facility where they were met by local emergency medical services. They man was suffering extreme seasickness and confirmed that he had set off the distress alert from his PLB.

"The personal locator beacon played a huge role in the success of this rescue," said Lt. Cmdr. Shana Donaldson, the pilot during the rescue from Air Facility Muskegon. "Having the survivor's position made it easier for our crew to reach him quickly and get him out of a hazardous situation."

"Registering your PLB gives the Coast Guard command center controllers a viable place to start their investigation and provides immediate contact with either the individual or with their family," Donaldson added. "A registered PLB along with a comprehensive float plan left with a trusted relative or friend is the surest way to a quick rescue."

The on-scene weather was reported to be waves around 10 feet with south winds from 23 to 28 mph.



Coast Guard, National Park Service rescue loggerhead sea turtle in NC  Follow link

September 1, 2014 11:50 am

A Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina releases a loggerhead sea turtle near the Bonner Bridge, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The crew brought a National Park Service agent along to help untangle the turtle from a line after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed turtle to the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Matt Strucic

A Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, releases a loggerhead sea turtle Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, near the Bonner Bridge.

The crew brought a National Park Service agent along to help untangle the turtle from a line after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed turtle to the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Strucic

A Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina prepares to release a loggerhead sea turtle near the Bonner Bridge, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The crew brought a National Park Service agent along to help untangle the turtle from a line dragging a plastic bucket after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed sea turtle to the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Matt Strucic

A Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, prepares to release a loggerhead sea turtle Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, near the Bonner Bridge.

The crew brought a National Park Service agent along to help untangle the turtle from a line dragging a plastic bucket after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed sea turtle to the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Strucic

A National Park Service agent aboard a Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft from Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina measures a loggerhead sea turtle near the Bonner Bridge, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The Coast Guard crew brought the agent to help untangle the turtle from a line dragging a plastic bucket after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed sea turtle to the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Matt Strucic

A National Park Service agent aboard a Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft from Station Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, measures a loggerhead sea turtle Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, near the Bonner Bridge.

The Coast Guard crew brought the agent to help untangle the turtle from a line dragging a plastic bucket after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed sea turtle to the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Strucic

An entangled loggerhead sea turtle is recovered by a Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon near the Bonner Bridge, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The crew brought a National Park Service agent along to help untangle the turtle from a line dragging a plastic bucket after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed sea turtle to the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Matt Strucic

An entangled loggerhead sea turtle is recovered Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, by a Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon near the Bonner Bridge.

The crew brought a National Park Service agent along to help untangle the turtle from a line dragging a plastic bucket after a good Samaritan boater reported the distressed sea turtle to the Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Strucic

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Members from the U.S. Coast Guard and National Park Service rescued a loggerhead sea turtle Sunday in Oregon Inlet.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received word from a good Samaritan boater the turtle was tangled in a line and dragging a plastic bucket in the vicinity of Bonner Bridge.

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft crew from Station Oregon Inlet, along with a National Park Service agent with a degree in zoology, were sent to free the turtle and assess its condition.

The crew arrived on scene, took the turtle aboard and freed it from the line. The NPS agent took measurements, collected data and determined the turtle to be in good health with minimal injuries.

The loggerhead was then released.



Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded jet skiers near Hampton  Follow link

September 1, 2014 9:53 am

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued three people Sunday after their jet ski overturned and floated away a mile east of Fort Monroe on Thimble Shoal.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a report Sunday that two men last seen on a jet ski were overdue at Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a response boat crew from Station Portsmouth and Station Little Creek. Hampton Fire Department launched a response boat crew as well.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small (RBS) crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth located the missing men who had swamped their jet ski before swimming to and climbing on the Thimble Shoal range towers. The jet skiers also picked up an additional male passenger before the incident.

The RBS crew took the three men to Old Point Comfort Marina in Hampton where they were evaluated by awaiting local EMS.

No injuries were reported.



Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 8 people from capsized vessel near Bainbridge Island, Wash.  Follow link

September 1, 2014 2:47 am

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard boatcrew and good Samaritan rescued seven adults, one child and a dog after their boat capsized in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Washington, Sunday.

The eight people and their dog were transferred to awaiting EMS with no reported injuries.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a mayday call at 7:52 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 from a good Samaritan aboard a skiff reporting people in the water calling for help.

The good Samaritan was able to recover three of the people in the water. The other five people clung to the side of his vessel.The 4-year-old child was reportedly the only passenger from the capsized boat wearing his lifejacket.

The survivors reported that their 12-foot skiff had capsized and they had been floating in the water for at least 20 minutes before being discovered by the good Samaritan.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle arrived on scene around 8:15 p.m. and recovered all of the people and the dog and transferred them to Bainbridge Island. The RB-M crew towed the capsized vessel to Eagle Harbor.

“The preparedness and response of the good Samaritan was exceptional," said Mike Allen, search and rescue coordinator at Sector Puget Sound. "He immediately put out a mayday call to let us and everyone in the area know of the people in distress. Had he not come upon them, the current could have carried them out farther and the situation could have have become much worse."

The Coast Guard reminds all recreational mariners to take the time to prepare for boating. Carry multiple forms of communication devices including a portable VHF-FM marine radio. Dress for the water conditions, which are much colder than the average air temperature in summer and early fall. File a float plan with friends or family to let them know where you are going and when you'll be back. Take care not to overload your vessel, especially small vessels such as skiffs, canoes and kayaks.

Most importantly, wear your lifejacket. A lifejacket is much harder to put on once you are in the water, assuming you still have access to it. Children 13 years of age and younger are required by law to wear lifejackets while on the water.

For more information about safe boating practices please visit www.uscgboating.org.



Coast Guard medevacs mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska  Follow link

September 1, 2014 1:09 am

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the injured woman and transported her to awaiting emergency medical services in Sitka.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received the report from the master of Annie B that a woman had been injured when the fishing vessel took a roll and requested assistance. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene.

Once the rescue crew arrived on scene, the rescue swimmer hoisted the injured women from the anchored fishing vessel and transported her to Sitka.

"The captain made the right call by immediately contacting the Coast Guard after the accident,” said Lt. Greg Isbell, command duty officer, Coast Guard 17th District. “We were able to quickly respond and transport the patient to higher medical care.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 1-foot seas and 11 mph winds.



UPDATE: MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: 2 missing boaters found alive 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key, Fla.  Follow link

August 31, 2014 10:55 pm

Two missing boaters were found stranded aboard their 27-foot sailing vessel 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The couple was assisted by crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla. and Coast Guard Cutter Crocodile, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard video
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., rescue two missing boaters who were found 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The couple was transferred aboard the station's 25-foot Response Boat-Small and taken to Anclote River Boat Ramp, Anclote Key. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Mark Harmeling) Two missing boaters were found stranded aboard their 27-foot sailing vessel 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The couple was assisted by crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla. and Coast Guard Cutter Crocodile, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Mark Harmeling) Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Hopton, a boatswain's mate from Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., assists two missing boaters who were found 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The couple was transferred aboard the station's 25-foot Response Boat-Small and taken to Anclote River Boat Ramp, Anclote Key. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Mark Harmeling)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Coast Guard rescued two missing boaters who were stranded 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key, Florida, Saturday.

A friend of the Makowski's had contacted Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Florida, Aug. 29, because she had not heard from the couple since Aug. 24 and had expected them back Aug. 26.

At approximately 2 a.m. crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Crocodile, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat, homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, located the couple stranded aboard their 27-foot sailing vessel and put the sailboat in tow. Crewmembers from the Crocodile provided food and water to the couple.

The couple were transferred to crewmembers aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Sand Key, Florida, were transferred safely to Anclote River Boat Ramp, Anclote Key.

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Ocacroke, a 110-foot Patrol Boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a C-130 Hercules aircraft rescue crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, aided in the search.

The couple were reported to be in stable condition.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to carry multiple forms of emergency signaling devices including an emergency position indicating radio beacon. When a 406MHz EPIRB signal is received, search-and-rescue personnel can target a distressed boater's position, and gather important identifying information about the people in distress. An EPIRB used correctly in an emergency situation can save hours of search time.

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Coast Guard saves 3 from sinking vessel  Follow link

August 31, 2014 9:33 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Three adults were rescued by a Coast Guard crew eight miles west of Bean Point on Anna Maria Island, Florida, after their 37-foot boat began taking on water, Sunday.

At approximately 3:50 p.m Coast Guard watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida received a report via marine band radio channel 16 that the boat had begun taking on water from a six-inch hole in the hull.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from the station arrived on scene at 4:34p.m., plugged the hole, commenced dewatering and put the boat in tow.

The boat was safely towed to Bradenton Beach Marina, Bradenton, Florida at approximately 8 p.m.

"It is important for boaters to remember the Coast Guard can always be reached via channel 16 in an emergency," said Lt. Michael Persun, a command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. "Having a marine band radio on board a vessel, like in this case, can save lives when a situation becomes an emergency."

Manatee County Fire and Rescue and a good Samaritan also responded.

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