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Northeast Media Contact: (617) 223-8515

1st District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

1st District

Date: May 30, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard

Contact: 1st District Public Affairs

Office: (617) 223-8515

Coast Guard crews respond to a busy holiday weekend across the Northeast

BOSTON — After a busy weekend, the Coast Guard reminds boaters, especially with the warming air temperatures, to remain vigilant while on the water.

Crews in the 1st Coast Guard District from Maine down the coast to New Jersey assisting mariners and a swimmer in distress over the holiday weekend.

On Friday, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester rescued two people from a rowboat after it flipped over in Gloucester, Mass.

On Saturday, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Merrimack River safely towed an 18-foot sailing vessel after it became disabled near Salisbury Beach, Mass.

On Saturday, a Coast Guard auxiliary crew safely towed a 20-foot pleasure craft after it became disabled near Magnolia Harbor, Mass.

On Sunday, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter and the Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish responded to assist a 60-foot fishing vessel that was reported to be taking on water south of Rockland, Maine.

On Sunday, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter conducted searches for a missing canoer in the Cathance River near Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

On Sunday and Monday, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Sandy Hook and a Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City HH/MH-65C Dolphin helicopter conducted searches for a missing 14-year-old boy near Long Branch, N.J.

"With the official start of the boating season upon us, it's imperative that mariners take all appropriate measures to ensure their safety," said Lt. Daniel Tanksley, a command duty officer in the 1st District Command Center.

Boaters are reminded that being prepared is the best practice to help in case of an emergency.  Life jackets, a marine-band radio and signaling devices can save a life and signal rescuers in the event of emergency.  For more information about boating safety and to receive a free vessel safety check, contact your local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla by logging on to www.cgaux.org.

 

 

 

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