Rescue and recovery tales from around the country and beyond. In this edition, two swift escapes off the coast of Massachusetts, a man falls out of bed and a successful escort home.


On Oct. 14, the Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman from the F/V Hera about 25 miles east of Nantucket, Mass., after the crewman suffered a head laceration.

A helicopter crew from the Cape Cod Coast Guard Station flew the fisherman to Massachusetts General Hospital, where his care was transferred to medical personnel.

Screenshot from a video of a helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisting a seriously injured fisherman Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017


A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flies to Massachusetts General Hospital after hoisting an ill fisherman, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Malia Justice photo.

On Oct. 7 around 2 p.m., the captain of the 92-foot F/V Gabby G reported one of his crew members was experiencing chest pains and requested a medevac.

The Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station sent a Jayhawk helicopter crew to the boat’s location about 75 miles off the coast of Chatham, Mass. They arrived at around 4 p.m. and hoisted the 50-year-old crewman to the helicopter. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital at around 5:40 p.m.







On Oct. 1, the Coast Guard medevaced a 57-year old fisherman who was injured after falling from his bunk approximately 50 miles southeast of Atlantic City, N.J.

An Atlantic City Coast Guard Station helicopter crew hoisted the man aboard at 6:34 p.m. He was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment.

“When a person becomes injured in the marine environment, rescues can be complex,” said Thomas Peck, watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “If you suspect a person may need urgent care, like the crew of this fishing vessel did, call us right away so we can get your friend or loved one the care they need.”


The Coast Guard came to the aid of a boat taking on water off Ocracoke Island, N.C., on Oct. 17.

Watchstanders in the North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received an alert that the 72-foot F/V Capt. Jimmy was taking on water in Pamlico Sound near Bluff Shoal Light at about 3:30 a.m.

Two 47-foot lifeboat crews from Station Hatteras Inlet arrived and passed dewatering pumps and personnel to the fishing boat. The dewatering pumps helped keep up with the flooding as a series of Coast Guard crews escorted the boat to its home port in Beaufort.

"Thanks to the fast response of Hatteras Inlet crews, combined with the cooperation of our crew and watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center, we were able to make sure the fishing vessel made it back to Beaufort," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler McGregor.


The Santa Barbara-based Kaylee J ran aground near El Capitán State Beach early Saturday, Oct. 7. Coast Guard photo.

The Santa Barbara-based F/V Kaylee J contacted the Coast Guard around 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 to report that it had run aground near El Capitán State Beach on California’s Gaviota coast.

The boat was stuck in shallow water about 20 yards offshore.

No one aboard was injured, and a Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment crew based at the Santa Barbara harbor reported no oil pollution in the water.


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Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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