Coast Guard rescues stranded windsurfer

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Coast Guard rescued a windsurfer who was stranded on a range marker near Courtney Point in St. Andrew’s Bay late Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 near Panama City.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report Saturday evening from a Good Samaritan reporting that they had rescued a windsurfer in the same area and needed Coast Guard assistance to find the another windsurfer who was still in the water.

Sector Mobile launched an HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station New Orleans and a 25-foot rescue smallboat from Station Panama City. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) was also issued to mariners as a caution in the area.

The windsurfer was located sitting on a range marker by the smallboat and transported the surfer to shore.

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  1. Harv says:

    I’d like to see a website somewhere that tracked the number of lives the Coast Guard saved. Or maybe “victims rescued” or some other category. Maybe it should be a 3rd party website but collecting the records would be the hard part. We need to adapt the ocean more and more for energy and business, we could not take the first step without the USCG.