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5th District Mid Atlantic Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

July 03, 2009


Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

Email: d5de@uscg.mil

Office: (757) 398-6272

PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard crews rescue 3 near Indian River, Del.

INDIAN RIVER, DEL. - The Coast Guard rescued three people Friday 13 miles east of Indian River, Del., after their 30-foot boat capsized.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call at approximately 1:30 p.m. from a crew member aboard the Snowman reporting they were going down and needed assistance.

Using information from the mayday call, a position from the Rescue 21 System and an Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon Signal for locating the boat, a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Indian River and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on scene where the boat crew rescued all three people from the water.

The three people were transported to Coast Guard Station Indian River.

No injuries were reported.

"The EPIRB and Rescue 21 System gave an exact location," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Wrightman, the flight mechanic aboard the rescue helicopter. "By them having an EPIRB aboard, it made finding them easy."

 

Two rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Indian River, Del., arrive on scene to rescue three people from a 30-foot capsized boat 13 miles east of Indian River, Friday, July 3, 2009. The Coast Guard received a mayday call and an Emergency Indicating Radio Beacon signal from the boat to aid in locating the three people aboard. (U.S Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Wightman)
INDIAN RIVER, Del. - Two rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Indian River, Del., arrive on scene to rescue three people from a 30-foot capsized boat 13 miles east of Indian River, Friday, July 3, 2009. The Coast Guard received a mayday call and an Emergency Indicating Radio Beacon signal from the boat to aid in locating the three people aboard. (U.S Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2ndClass Mike Wightman)

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