itCG-EPIRB leads to rescue, two medevaced, six rescued

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  • Although the crew onboard a fishing vessel did not directly call the Coast Guard for help, Guardians were alerted that a vessel was in trouble Sunday night by a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) registered to the fishing vessel Captain Smoke, a 39-foot shrimping vessel. A Coast Guard helicopter launched to the EPIRB’s position about 45 miles off the coast of South Carolina, located a debris field, saw flares and found the three fishermen in a life raft. Thanks to the proper use of safety equipment, all crewmen were rescued and the entire case, from notification to rescue, was over in about an hour. To watch video of the rescue click here and here.
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  • A Coast Guard flight surgeon onboard a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City helicopter deployed to a fishing boat off the coast of North Carolina to assist a fisherman who reportedly received lacerations to his chin and neck. The man’s condition did not allow for a helicopter medical evacuation, so the flight surgeon stayed onboard to stabilize the patient for the transit to shore.
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  • Coast Guard Station Manasquan medically evacuated a fishing boat captain yesterday morning after he suffered a severe arm laceration and a possible broken arm. The fishing boat was about 20 miles off the coast of New Jersey when the crew called the Coast Guard for help.
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  • Yesterday afternoon, Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay and local resources responded and rescued six passengers from a capsized boat at the entrance to Nehalem Bay on the Oregon coast. Five people suffered minor injuries.
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