Coast Guard rescues missing fisherman 43 miles south of Montauk

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News
MONTAUK, N.Y. – The Coast Guard rescued a missing fisherman approximately 43 miles south of Montauk, N.Y., today.

John Aldridge, a crewmember of the commercial fishing vessel Anna Mary, was found after going overboard.

A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod (ASCC), in Cape Cod, Mass., located and recovered the missing fisherman alive. Aldridge was treated for dehydration, exposure and hypothermia.

Aldridge was transferred to Falmouth Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

“I’d like to thank all the agencies, fisherman and friends for their efforts to find my brother,” said Cathy Patterson, Aldridge’s sister.

Crews established the search area based on the assumption Aldridge has fallen overboard without a lifejacket sometime after 9 p.m., Tuesday, but before 4:30 a.m., Wednesday. Eight hours after the initial report, an Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter located Aldridge 36 nautical miles south of Montauk, N.Y. The air crew deployed a rescue swimmer who hoisted Aldridge to safety.

“This ending had a lot of people shaking hands and smiling,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, First Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “Reports of persons in the water often mean a difficult search is ahead. To hear the call that he was found and rescued makes it a proud day for those Coast Guard crews.”

Aldridge told the helicopter crew he used his rubber boots as flotation devices throughout the ordeal.

Search crews included:

– Coast Guard Station Montauk, N.Y.
– Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish from Sandy Hook, N.J.
– Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark from Newport, R.I.
– Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. (HC-144 and MH-60)
– Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center in New Haven, Conn.
– First Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston, Mass.
– Commercial fishing vessels and Good Samaritans

On standby to assist were Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England and the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard in New York.

The coordination between the vessels and the Coast Guard allowed them to cover an area of 660 square miles, approximately the size of 378,000 American football fields.

“The search and rescue coordination between the Coast Guard, its partner agencies and fishermen was exceptional. The fishing crews allowed us to search a much greater area,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Walter, the officer in charge of Station Montauk. “To find this man in the water after this much time is amazing.”

Click the photo for more photos from the search.

Coast Guard crews from across New England collaborated to rescue a commercial lobsterman who had fallen overboard off Montauk, N.Y., July 24, 2013. John Aldridge, a crew member of the 44-foot lobster vessel Anna Mary, had last been seen aboard the vessel during his watch relief at 9 p.m. After more than eight hours at sea, he was located alive by an Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell)

Coast Guard crews from across New England collaborated to rescue a commercial lobsterman who had fallen overboard off Montauk, N.Y., July 24, 2013. John Aldridge, a crew member of the 44-foot lobster vessel Anna Mary, had last been seen aboard the vessel during his watch relief at 9 p.m. After more than eight hours at sea, he was located alive by an Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell)

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One Comment

  1. Lark says:

    WELL DONE! I’m proud that Americans work so diligently to help one another and am delighted for all involved that this man was rescued. We’re so fortunate to live in this country, and your hard work is genuinely appreciated. Thank you.