itCG-Bill stirs up the sea, Obama stops at CG base, search and rescue

  • Hurricane Bill may be offshore, but its effects were felt all along the East Coast. As thousands of spectators gathered to watch the 15-foot surf on Sunday off Acadia National Park‘s Thunder Hole in Maine, a large rogue wave swept about 20 people into the water. While several of them were able to get back to shore, 11 were injured and three were swept out to sea. A boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor pulled the three people from the water, but, tragically, a young girl was recovered unresponsive. Coast Guard worked with the Maine Marine Patrol and National Park Service to account for all missing people.
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  • Several beaches were closed during the weekend due to the rough sea conditions resulting from the offshore storm. New York City’s Rockaway Beach was closed and officials are warning swimmers that dangerous rip currents can drag swimmers under and out to sea. Three people have drowned at the beach in the past two weeks and approximately six people have died so far this summer. Beachgoers should not swim in unsupervised waters and should check sea conditions before entering the water.
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  • Air Force One carrying President Barack Obama and his family landed at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod on the family’s way to Martha’s Vineyard for vacation. The Air Station’s Commanding Officer, Captain Dan Abel, greeted the President along with other area senior military officials.
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  • Coast Guard and other local agencies responded to a boat taking on water yesterday in Middle River north of Baltimore, Maryland. Responders rescued the seven people onboard and used pumps to control the flooding so the boat could be towed back to shore.
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  • Coast Guard helped the Honolulu Fire Department rescue two people on a disabled sailboat about a mile off Ke’eihi Lagoon near the island of Oahu.
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