Cold Water Recovery – Safer Option

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens’ 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99.

Currituck County 911 dispatch initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., requesting a Coast Guard helicopter for rescue assistance.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 9 a.m. and discovered the teens abandoned their boat and climbed up marker 99.

Boat crews from the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and Currituck County were on scene but were unable to approach the teens safely.

The helicopter crew lowered a swimmer, hoisted the two teens into the helicopter and took them to Albermarle Hospital.

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By | 2015-11-30T14:47:30+00:00 November 24th, 2013|Boating Safety, SAR|3 Comments

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  • Ruth Mays

    Good job, Coast Guard!

  • Coast Guard

    This has many features in common with a scenario in the Coast Guard class Search Coordination and Rescue. Survivors were found on an ATON as well.

  • There needs to be more discussion between the school house (SAR), the RCCs, and the operators – but yes, this is a good example.