NEW YORK – After a busy holiday weekend, the Coast Guard urges mariners to be well prepared before heading out on the water.
As temperatures rise, extra diligence is required to assure that all safety precautions are followed that can increase your chances of survival. Several cases occurred over the past weekend that demonstrate the importance of safety equipment and procedures.
Between Friday evening and Sunday evening, the Coast Guard assisted nine mariners in distress and aided in the recovery of one mariner all in the vicinity of Long Island Sound.
A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck terminated the voyage of a 26-foot pleasure craft with two people aboard Friday evening. The vessel was cited for two violations including insufficient fire extinguishers.
The following day, a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Haven and local agencies rescued one person and assisted in the recovery another near Charles Island, Milford, Connecticut, following a report from Milford Fire Department regarding a man overboard.
It was reported that a 43-year-old man wearing a green shirt and grey sweater fall overboard without a life jacket and was missing for approximately 10 minutes. Immediately, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast.
The station boatcrew arrived on scene, conducted a search finally locating the person in the water unresponsive. The rescue crew began administering CPR with the assistance of Milford Fire fighters.
The man was transported to awaiting Emergency Medical Services at Milford Yacht Club and was later declared deceased.
On Easter Sunday, an additional five mariners were rescued after U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders received a Mayday transmission via VHF radio, stating that a 19-foot pleasure craft was taking on water on the west side of the Thames River in Norwich, Connecticut.
A Coast Guard rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New London and local agencies responded.
A Norwich Fire Department rescue team assisted the five mariners, who were all wearing life jackets. They were then transferred aboard a Station New London 45-foot Response Boat Medium, while a Station New London 29-foot Response Boat Small placed the distressed vessel in tow, to Groton boat ramp. No injuries were reported.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the mariner who lost his life this past weekend,” said Capt. Andrew Tucci, commander Sector Long Island Sound. “Every year as temperatures rise, hundreds of residents take to the water to enjoy a day of recreational boating. Unfortunately, many depart unprepared for the emergencies they could face aboard a vessel. Conditions can literally change within the blink of an eye, and by ensuring you have the proper equipment and planning prior to getting underway, you could save your life or the life of a friend or family.”
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