itCG – 5 rescued from sinking boat, man overboard, tug sinks, Guardian profiled

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.

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.

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Carole Coombs

    I don’t know if this is appropriate here, but I would like to offer to be a speaker to people who have lost loved ones to the sea. About twenty years ago, I fell off of a fishing boat during a storm in the Bering Sea without a life suit. The water pushed me under two times and I could tell that I was going to die. All of a sudden an extraordinary peace came over me. I recognized it as the place where people go when they die. The captain’s daughter threw me a line and saved my life. I want to tell those folks who have lost loved ones of my experience in the hopes of making them feel better. To let them know that, while they miss their loved ones, those loved ones are in a wonderful place. I don’t know who this email will get to, but I hope that you will pass it on to those in need. It has come to me that perhaps this story could help someone. Sincerely, Carole Coombs. Please feel free to write to me.