Articles Posted in Recreational Boaters

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The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of a sailor in distress more than 990 miles west of the Columbia River by utilizing the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue system, Tuesday.

Responding to the AMVER request, the crew of the 1,098-foot container ship Oocl Utah altered their course to retrieve the distressed sailor, safely took him aboard the ship and is currently transporting him to their next port of call in Busan, South Korea.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center received the notification of distress from the operator of the 37-foot sailing vessel Sea Sweeper stating that weather had torn his sails on the vessel’s lower mast, was having issues with its engine and batteries and was running low on potable water. During his transit the operator was also battling 30 mph winds and 8-foot seas.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted a 29-year-old boater in distress from his grounded vessel near Sitka, Alaska, Sunday.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew located, hoisted the boater and transferred him to Sitka where he was met by family members.

Sector Juneau watchstanders received a report of a boater that had crashed his boat in the vicinity of Redoubt Bay. Watchstanders made contact with the operator who stated that he had grounded his vessel on the beach. Watchstanders launched the Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist.

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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued two boaters after their pleasure craft began taking on water and sank 10 miles north of Port Townsend, Washington, Thursday.

The two men were successfully hoisted from the water and taken to Whidbey Island Hospital for further medical evaluation.

Watchstanders at the Sector Puget Sound Command Center received the mayday from the operator of the 34-foot pleasure craft Adalade reporting that they were taking on water and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and directed the launch of the helicopter crew. A good Samaritan vessel, responding to the UMIB, arrived on scene and reported seeing two people in the water. Shortly thereafter, the helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the two individuals.

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A small privately owned fishing vessel overturned in Glacier Bay National Park, Monday May 30, about 10 miles from park headquarters, and officials dispatched large and small search vessels to the site after receiving word of the incident.

Four passengers made it to safety. Tom VandenBerg, who was aboard the vessel at the time of capsize, reported that a fellow passenger swam to a nearby island and flagged down a passing boat. He credited this effort as the sole reason that the four survived.

A father and son, identified as 75-year-old Larry Roger McWilliams and 48-year-old Gary Roger McWilliams, were pulled from the water by the crew of the tour vessel, Wilderness Discoverer, to perform CPR, but were unable to revive the two.

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Two overdue boaters on the shore of the Dog Salmon River near Ugashik, Alaska, were rescued on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard aircrew picked up the boaters and transported them to Ugashik.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received a call from the men’s employer about the 24-foot skiff. The employer reported the men were four hours overdue and were last known to be in the vicinity of Ugashik Bay. The Kodiak aircrew was directed to launch and conduct the search.

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Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a report from a bystander that a 16-foot skiff with two adults and three children aboard had allided with a piling. It was reported three people were in the water. Watchstanders requested the launch of the Jayhawk aircrew.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and good Samaritans responded to the boating allision involving five passengers in Althorp Cove, approximately 60 miles west of Juneau, Wednesday evening.

The good Samaritans performed CPR on one of the passengers and transported the others to the beach until the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene. The Coast Guard crew was unable to resuscitate the individual and made the determination to discontinue CPR. The crew transported the other four people to Juneau where they were transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

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A Coast Guard Station Seattle boatcrew assisted Bainbridge Island Police officers in the arrest of a Bellevue man for boating while under the influence in Elliot Bay Sunday night.

The Station Seattle crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat Medium was able to make contact with the impaired boat driver and tow his vessel to Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island where he failed a field sobriety test conducted by Bainbridge Island Police officers and was subsequently taken into custody.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call for help at 7:30 p.m. from a female passenger aboard the 30-foot pleasure craft stating that the male operator was intoxicated and the boat was drifting in Elliott Bay.

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Coast Guard crews removed 10 children and two adults from a sailboat, which went aground on Bird Rock north of Shaw Island Sunday.

The rescued children and two adults are being transported to Cornet Bay, Whidbey Island, while three adults stayed aboard the Cutty Sark, a 58-foot sailing vessel, where they are planning to refloat the vessel at high tide which is midnight.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call via Ch16 marine VHF radio asking for assistance from the boat operators stating they had run aground and were listing. A crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat Small II from Station Bellingham and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Adelie, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, responded to the call for assistance.
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Coast Guard air and boat crews worked together to assist three people and a dog aboard a 51-foot sailing vessel that was disabled and adrift about 45 miles west of Siuslaw River, Wednesday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., is towing the sailing vessel Rogue Scholarship toward Reedsport and will transfer the tow to the crew of a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Umpqua River.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend initially received an uncorrelated distress call at 9:30 a.m. Forty five minutes later, watchstanders received a digital selected call distress notification with a location about three miles west of the observed location of the first notification. Aircrews launched aboard two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Station North Bend and Air Facility Newport, a boatcrew launched from Station Siuslaw River aboard an MLB, the crew of the Cuttyhunk diverted from patrolling nearby and a C-27J medium range surveillance aircraft from Air Station Sacramento to search for possible mariners in distress.
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A Coast Guard boat crew medevaced a man who was reportedly diabetic and unsure when he had last taken his medication, from a disabled 32-foot sailing vessel north of Shishole Bay, Sunday.

A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Seattle transported the man to emergency medical services personnel at Shilshole marina.

Sector Puget Sound received a report of the disabled vessel from a good Samaritan and arrived on scene to take the vessel in tow. After the man told the boat crew he was diabetic and did not remember the last time he took his medication, the crew dropped the tow and transported the man to medical responders.