Coast Guard Rescues Two From Sinking Boat South of Fire Island

NEW YORK (CG Public Affairs) – Two people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after their vessel sank 17 miles south of Fire Island, N.Y., around 10:00 a.m. today.

The two men were airlifted to Coast Guard Station Fire Island after being spotted by a Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod that was diverted from patrol to assist in the case.

The owner of the vessel Canyon Bound, homeported in Jones Beach, N.Y., activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) after their vessel began taking on water. The crew of the sinking vessel also issued a mayday via channel 16 marine band radio that was picked up by Coast Guard Sectors New York, Long Island Sound and Delaware Bay.

Sectors Long Island Sound and Delaware Bay were able to confirm the vessel’s position using a method called line of bearing, a process which uses a direction finder from two fixed points on land to create a crosshair over the last known position of an object out at sea. Both sectors Long Island Sound and Delaware Bay had intersecting lines at the position of the sinking vessel.

“This case is a great example of how well the Search and Rescue (SAR) system works when all facets work together,” said Capt. Dan Ronan, the Sector Long Island Sound commander. “An alert mariner initiated the SAR system by broadcasting a mayday call and then energizing his satellite emergency locator beacon. Our SAR Specialists utilized our new Rescue 21 radio response system to identify two lines of bearing from our radio towers and used them to accurately plot the location of the mariners in distress. We diverted a Coast Guard helicopter training in Long Island Sound and two rescue boats from Station Fire Island immediately upon getting the initial radio call.”

A Coast Guard 47-foot rescue boat crew and a 25-foot rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island was also launched and assisted in the case. An HU-25 Falcon from Air Station Cape Cod was also launched.

Both men were wearing lifejackets at the time of the incident and there are no reports of pollution or injury.

Weather on scene was reported at five mile per hour winds and two to three foot seas.

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