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Tara sinking The 55-foot boat shown here, sinks after Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Saint Inigoes, Md., rescue the two passengers near Point Lookout State Park, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2012. The Coast Guard crew, aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat, boarded and attempted, but was unable to save the boat using a dewatering pump. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andreas Shelly



BALTIMORE — The rescued two boaters Sunday after the boat they were on began while off the coast of Point Lookout State Park.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Station Saint Inigoes received notification from members of TowBoat U.S. stating a 55-foot boat named Tara was taking on water and the operator was having difficulty steering the boat.

A crew from Station St. Inigoes launched aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat (UTB) to assist.

“We were a half a mile from the boat, and I could see, even being that far away, that the boat had a pretty good list to starboard,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlo Masi, the coxswain who piloted the UTB. “We got alongside, put two lines over and immediately sent petty officers Shelly and Erickson over with the .”

The owners, a man and woman, were transferred to the UTB while salvage efforts continued. Attempts to plug the source of flooding and dewater the boat were unsuccessful.

“I noticed their boat was listing at about 25-degrees when I decided to bring my crew and the pump from the Tara back aboard, and pull away,” said Masi. “It was approximately 20 to 25 minutes, and the boat went underwater.”

“The owners had purchased the boat the day before, and as new boaters they were prepared for the emergency by wearing , which is very important,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Erickson. “Other things new boaters can do to be prepared include getting a free by the Coast Guard Auxiliary to make sure they have all the and to take a boater safety course.”


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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The suspended its search for two overdue boaters aboard a 38-foot who departed Ocean City, Md., Saturday and did not arrive in Chincoteague, Va.

Missing are , 51, and Donald Bramlett, 54.

“The decision to suspend a search is very difficult, but after an exhaustive search by air and surface crews over the last several days, the Coast Guard suspended our search for the missing boaters,” said Capt. John Little, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth. “I cannot imagine the sadness felt by the family of these men, and my deepest sympathy goes out to them.”

The Coast Guard searched approximately 20,400 overlapping square miles during a 32-hour period, using Coast Guard crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from , N.C., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Station Little Creek in Virgina Beach.

The crew of the Navy ship USS Bunker Hill assisted in the search when they spotted a possible debris field and helped vector in Coast Guard assets.


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A boat crew from Station Cape May, N.J., transfers to local EMS personnel a man who went overboard when his overturned near the entrance of Delaware Bay Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. The 65-year-old man was wearing his . U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Stilp


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued a Sunday whose kayak overturned sending him into the water near the entrance of the Delaware Bay.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May responded to the call and transferred the 65-year-old man, who was wearing his life jacket, to awaiting EMS personnel ashore at Station Cape May.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received the initial notification from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry captain. The kayaker is reported to have been in the water from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. He was treated for mild hypothermia.

“Luckily he was wearing his life jacket,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Herman Kaiser, a Station Cape May crewmember and coxswain on the case. “That’s probably what saved his life.”

Station Cape May is a multi-mission unit that conducts , law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and ports, waterways and coastal security missions in the Delaware Bay, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean.


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Date: Sept. 09, 2012
Contact: 1st District Public Affairs
Office: (617) 223-8515

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue who did not return from a -fishing trip near ’s Beach in Swampscott, Mass., Sept. 8, 2012.

Missing is Mayran Lisoboich, 23.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center received notification from Lisoboich’s girlfriend at approximately 7 p.m. that he had not returned back to the beach from a kayak trip.

Lisoboich was last seen departing from Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott at approximately 4 p.m. He was reported to be fishing in the area.

A Coast Guard Station Point Allerton 47-foot Motor Life Boat and Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter are searching the area.

“He was reported to be in a blue kayak; no shirt, no and red swim trunks,” said Lt. Garrett Meyer, the command duty officer at . “We’re out there looking for him.”

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Sector Boston Command Center at (617) 223-3201.
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Date: Sept. 03, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Detachment Baltimore
Office: (410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — The and local responders are searching for a 27-year-old male approximately two miles off Bayside Beach, Monday.

A crewmember aboard the Phoenix contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders via VHF-FM radio at approximately 12:30 p.m., reporting a crewmember overboard.

The reporting source stated that two crewmembers, a female and the missing male, both fell overboard. The female was rescued but they lost sight of the male.

 watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched a crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station and a crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J. The watchstanders also notified members at the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

The RBM crew from Curtis Bay arrived on scene at approximately 1 p.m. and crews from all three agencies are on scene searching.


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Rescue underscores the importance of preparing for the elements

News Release
Date: Aug. 26, 2012
Ninth District
Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office
Office: (216) 902-6020
Mobile: (216) 310-2608

CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards teamed together to rescue 11 , early Sunday morning, in the vicinity of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

The names  and hometowns of the rescued kayakers will not be released, and there is no Coast Guard imagery from this case.

At 3:52 a.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., received a call from a group of kayakers reporting they were in distress and two members of the group were suffering .

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y., aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement, responded to the mayday call along with the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Cape Storm.

At 4:47 a.m., the 33-foot SPC-LE boatcrew arrived on scene first and took the two kayakers with symptoms of hypothermia aboard and started treatment. The Cape Storm crew arrived on scene shortly thereafter and retrieved seven more kayakers and all seven . The U.S. rescue boatcrew retrieved the final two kayakers, and all 11 were transported to Niagara-on-the-Lake. were awaiting on shore and gave all kayakers a quick check-up and released them.

“We work with our almost on a daily basis, so this type of rescue and coordination was second nature to us,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Mulkusky, the coxswain of the SPC-LE.

The was 73 degrees at the time of rescue. All 11 kayakers were wearing shorts and t-shirts along with . The kayakers were also all afloat in their kayaks.

No matter how warm the water or air temperature may be, the risks of hypothermia still exists, so boaters need to continue to be cautious of the risks of drowning and hypothermia.

In fact, someone in cold water may have only 10 minutes of functional movement before he loses the effective use of fingers, arms and legs.  At this point, a victim who is not wearing a will likely drown because he can no longer tread water and remain afloat.

Even with a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, hypothermia is a threat to survival once someone is exposed to cold water.  The body may lose heat 25 times faster in cold water than in cold air.  When recreating outdoors, mariners should dress for the water temperature — not the air temperature.

The SAR alarm is sounded and a helicopter is launched. As the aircrew arrives on scene, ready to search for the boater who needs their help, a green light enters the cockpit. It’s a green laser being shined from land and its blinding beam forces the pilots to head back to base, unable to finish their search.

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News Release
Date: Aug. 06, 2012
Ninth District
Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office
Office: (216) 902-6020
Mobile: (216) 310-2608

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued two teenagers after the personal watercraft they were on became disabled and partially sank in Fairport Harbor, Fairport, Ohio, Saturday.

The names and hometowns of the teenagers are not being released and there is no Coast Guard imagery available.

The father of the two teens called Fairport 911 emergency dispatch after the teens did not return on the at the time they were supposed to.

A communications watchstander at Coast Guard Station Fairport, Ohio, received notification at 9 p.m. from Fairport Harbor Police Department reporting two teenagers on a personal watercraft were overdue 35 minutes to meet back with family.

A boatcrew from Station Fairport launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

The watchstander at Station Fairport broadcast an urgent marine information broadcast over VFH-FM marine radio.

While en route to the last known position of the two teens, the RB-S boatcrew saw a red flare in the sky and continued in that direction until locating the two teens in the water wearing near the personal watercraft.

The personal watercraft had become disabled and partially sank forcing, the teens into the water.

The boatcrew transferred the teens aboard the RB-S and towed the personal watercraft to the Fairport Harbor Port Authority.

“The Coast Guard was able to rescue these teens because of the quickness of their family to call 911 when the teens took longer than anticipated and because the teens helped us find them by shooting the flare into the air,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Ellinger, officer-of-the day at Station Fairport.

“It was good that they had all life-saving equipment aboard and were wearing life jackets.”

The Coast Guard reminds of some basic safety tips before their next outing:

File a . This includes telling family or friends where you are going, what you will be doing and how long you expect to be gone.

  •          Wear a life jacket. Coast Guard regulations require that all people on a personal watercraft wear a life jacket. There are life jackets designed specifically for personal watercraft. Buy one that fits well and always while you paddle.
  •         Be aware of conditions and . Prepare for changes in and always remember to dress for the water not the .
  •           Stay hydrated. Bring plenty of water and food in case of emergenices.
  •           Seek qualified instruction to learn proper personal watercraft techniques, and basic first aid.
  •          Bring a VHF-FM radio. A cell phone is a good backup plan but will sometimes not get reception in certain areas.

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For more information about boating safety, go to http://www.uscgboating.org/.


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Date: Aug. 05, 2012
Contact: PADET Tampa Bay
Office: (305) 965-4672

, Fla. — A 49-year-old male kayaker was rescued by the Coast Guard after he became stranded on Shell Island, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call from a man stating he had been kayaking with his brother-in-law near Pass-A-Grille Beach, Fla., but was separated and all phone calls were going straight to voicemail.

Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew as well as an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard  Air Station Clearwater and a boat crew from Eckerd College Search and Rescue.

Crewmembers from the helicopter located the person on Shell Island waving his shirt at them.

The Coast Guard small boat crew was vectored in and passed a heaving line to the person so they could pull him into the boat.

The man was taken to Tierre Verde Marina, Fla., to meet with his family.

Eckerd SAR will retreive the .

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard wants to remind kayakers of some basic safety tips before their next outing.

  •  File a . This includes telling family or friends where you are going, what you will be doing and how long you expect to be gone.
  •  Wear a . Coast Guard regulations require that all have a on board. There are life jackets designed specifically for paddlers. Buy one that fits well and always wear it while you paddle.
  •  Be aware of conditions and . Prepare for changes in weather and always remember to dress for the water not the weather.
  •  Stay hydrated. Bring plenty of water and food in case of emergenices.
  •  Seek qualified instruction to learn proper paddling techniques, and basic first aid.
  •  Bring a VHF-FM radio. A cell phone is a good backup plan but will sometimes not get reception in certain areas.


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No injuries were reported.

Date: Aug. 04, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Detachment Baltimore
Office: (410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — The rescued a 50-year-old man after the 20-foot sailboat he was aboard capsized in Tangier Sound near Crisfield Saturday

The man’s wife contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore at approximately 8:23 p.m. reporting her husband’s sailboat had capsized in Tangier Sound, and he was sitting on top of the overturned boat and required assistance.

A crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Crisfield arrived on scene and brought the man aboard their boat. He was transferred to a Deal Island Fire and Rescue boatcrew and taken to Deal Island.

No injuries were reported.


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  • A foggy day in Southern Maryland. Good morning shipmates.
  • Wear it!  News media ask the boaters you photograph why they don't. Start the discussion and save a life.
  • Our cold-water survival training was ultimately made possible by the Guardians of  U S Coast Guard Station Annapolis.  Two Guardians hauled each of us onto the deck of a fast boat.  During the training they made sure we were safe.  I am so proud to serve with these men and women. Each one is an outstanding professional.  Thank you Station Annapolis.
  • Once a crew is in the water survival and staying together is key. Chaining together as they do here the crew shares warmth and prolongs life.
  • A face that could be your next door neighbor. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three Maryland flotillas took their annual cold-water training at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Bill Smith from the Drum Point Flotilla reflects the serious of his training in his expression. Bill is not new to cold water.
  • To. feller and Bill Smith, Coast Guard Auxiliary, arrive at Coast Guard Station Annapolis for cold-water training.
  • A two-minute lesson that covered finger dexterity after cold water immersion. We placed a hand in cold water while the instructor spoke for two minutes. One we removed our hands we had to pick up the coin on the table. Not as easy as if looks. Try this only with an expert present.
  • Shawn Moore, Auxiliarist was our cold-water instructor.
  • Ray Feller, Auxiliarist  dons his dry suit. The suit provides significant protection in cold water. Having the suit alone is not enough. Knowing how the human body reacts to sudden immersion was the classroom session of our training today.
  • These volunteers attending cold-water survival training today could be your neighbors. Flotillas from Solomons Island to Annapolis were represented today.  Guardians made sure our training was safe. Another reason why I love to say Guardians rock!
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