itCG – 5 rescued from sinking boat, man overboard, tug sinks, Guardian profiled
Posted by Christopher Lagan, Monday, November 23, 2009
Guardians rescued five sailors off the coast of North Carolina over the weekend after their sailboat began to take on water. A helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City and a rescue boat from Station Fort Macon arrived on scene to find only a foot or two of the boat still above surface water. One of the survivors was hoisted to the helicopter while the others were pulled from the lifeboat onto the rescue boat.
Guardians medevaced a logger suffering from a possible back injury and a broken leg from the village of Ouzinkie on Spruce Island north of Kodiak Island, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Henge) Click the image to read more.
A 62-year old man survived a fall from a cruise ship and nearly 5 hours in the water prior to being rescued by a rescue swimmer from Air Station Miami. A helicopter from Miami and the Cutter Dolphin were deployed to the scene after the cruise ship reported a man overboard. After several hours of searching, the passenger was spotted approximately nine miles from where he fell overboard and was assisted into a life boat by the rescue swimmer.
The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are on the scene of a sunken tug boat in the port of Seattle. Guardians are monitoring the situation as the tug is believed to be loaded with as many as 200 gallons of diesel fuel. So far, no spill has been reported.
Captain Meredith Austin was named commander of Sector Delaware Bay over the summer. This weekend, the Captain, whose area of command encompasses a large swathe of the Mid-Atlantic coastline was profiled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as the sector’s first female commander.
Tags: Air Station Elizabeth City, Air Station Kodiak, Air Station Miami, Captain Meredith Austin, CGC Dolphin, oil spill, Search and Rescue, Sector Deleware Bay, Station Fort Macon, Washington State Department of Ecology