i911 system helps Coast Guard rescue 2 stranded on Gates Island

Coast Guard 29-Foot Response Boat-Small File Photo

Coast Guard Station New London 29-Foot Response Boat-Small File Photo

NEW YORK — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station New London rescued two paddle boarders after they became disoriented in fog and stranded on Gates Island, Connecticut, Monday evening.

At approximately 7:25 p.m., watchstanders at Station New London received a report from a good Samaritan stating that from their home on Mason Island they heard someone calling out for help. The good Samaritan got underway in their own boat to try and locate the persons in distress but could not locate them.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center were immediately notified and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, and Station New London launched a boatcrew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat–Small. Groton and Mystic Police Departments also launched boatcrews.

Utilizing the i911 system, the command center was able locate the exact position of the good Samaritan and determined a one nautical mile search area around Gates Island. At approximately 8:25 p.m., the Station New London boatcrew located two paddle boarders on Gates Island and confirmed they were in distress and calling out for help.

The Station New London crew transported the two paddle boarders to their departure location at Noank Shipyard with no medical concerns.

“This case highlights the importance of carrying sound producing devices and ensuring all safety equipment onboard your paddlecraft or vessel are in good working order and in compliance with all federal laws and regulations,” said Capt. Kevin Reed, Sector Commander for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.

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