Boater, cat rescued 38-miles east of Brunswick, Ga. thanks to EPIRB

Southeastern Coast Guard News
SAVANNAH, Ga. — A boater and his cat were rescued off of a sinking 37-foot sailing vessel 38-miles east of Brunswick, Ga., Friday.

Rescued were Kevin Savage, age unknown, and his cat Tommy Girl.

Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders received notification at 8:21 a.m. that Savage was in distress aboard the sailing vessel Maggie when his Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was activated, sending an alert and the vessel’s position to the command center.

The Maggie began taking on water due to reported swells of 10-foot seas and 30-knot winds, which prompted the EPIRB to activate.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah launched an air rescue crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin and arrived on scene at 9:57 a.m., hoisted Savage and his cat from the sinking vessel without incident and transported him to the air station.

“This event highlights how critical it is to have a registered 406 EPIRB onboard when operating a vessel of any size,” said Cmdr. Gregory Fuller, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah. “Without the distress alert received from this device, it is very unlikely that the outcome would have been this positive.”

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crewmembers arrive back to the air hanger with a boater and his cat that they rescued off of a sinking 37-foot sailing vessel 38-miles east of Brunswick, Ga., Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Kevin Savage and his cat Tommy Girl were aboard the sailing vessel Maggie when it began taking on water due to foul weather conditions.U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crewmembers arrive back to their air hanger with a boater and his cat that they rescued off of a sinking 37-foot sailing vessel 38-miles east of Brunswick, Ga., Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Kevin Savage and his cat Tommy Girl were aboard the sailing vessel Maggie when it began taking on water due to foul weather conditions. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crewmembers debrief with a boater and his cat that they rescued off of a sinking 37-foot sailing vessel 38-miles east of Brunswick, Ga., Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Kevin Savage and his cat Tommy Girl were aboard the sailing vessel Maggie when it began taking on water due to foul weather conditions.U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crewmembers debrief with a boater that they rescued off of a sinking 37-foot sailing vessel 38-miles east of Brunswick, Ga., Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Kevin Savage and his cat Tommy Girl were aboard the sailing vessel Maggie when it began taking on water due to foul weather conditions. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

 

 

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  1. Anthony Dacko says:

    This story could have ended tragic but down to the help of a EPIRB on his boat his life and that of his cat came to a happy ending.

    The use of a EPIRB or a PLB have shown many times how important it is to carry one and just how fast you can get help to your self or crew you have to keep in mind no mater how much a EPIRB or PLB is your life is a lot more valuable that money.

    I fully support any think that can save lifes be People or Animals at Sea,Land or in the Air.

    Regards Anthony Dacko

    United Kingdom