itCG-navigation error leads to boating accident, Gulf Coast SAR, Seneca underway again

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  • A serious boat accident off of Conneaut, Ohio, in Lake Erie last Friday night was reportedly caused by a navigation error. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the owner/operator put incorrect coordinates into the GPS, had the boat on autopilot and was traveling between 30 and 40 mph when the boat struck a break wall. The operator and a 3-year old boy were seriously injured while the other three passengers were treated and released by the hospital. Thankfully, all five people on board were wearing life jackets which aided in their rescue.
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  • Coast Guard crews in New Orleans responded to two search and rescue cases yesterday. Guardians searched for one man who was missing after a boat with three men onboard capsized in Lake Pontchartrain. A Coast Guard helicopter located the man about 150 feet from shore and hoisted him to safety. Another SAR case started on Sunday night when two men were reported missing from a fishing trip. At first light Monday morning, a helicopter located the boat and guided the men to safety.
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  • Gulf Coast Guardians were busy yesterday as another distress call was received about two miles off the coast of Port Arthur, Texas. Two teenagers were hoisted off their 21-foot boat after it started to take on water.
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  • After three months in dry-dock and $2.8 million in maintenance and repairs, the CGC Seneca is back on the water. The 270-foot Seneca, commissioned in 1987 and homeported in Boston, is one of 13 in her class. Her advanced technology and multi-mission capabilities will likely keep her in service until at least the year 2027.
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