itCG-SAR Controllers help rescue man, CGA football in the spotlight, security zone amendment, missing fishermen

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  • When a 911 dispatcher called Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders to report a man was clinging to the hull of his capsized vessel, Guardians began to correlate his position based on their local area familiarization and his reported location. Norfolk Fire-Rescue marine unit, Coast Guard Station Portsmouth and Air Station Elizabeth City crews launched to the suspected search area. About two hours into the search, the helicopter located the man near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and safely hoisted him out of the water. He was in good condition despite suffering with mild hypothermia.
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  • Saturday, the Coast Guard Academy football team received some rare, if ever, national television time as they celebrated homecoming and tried for their 300th win. Unfortunately, after a double overtime game against Fitchburg State, the Bears lost 34-37. I guess they will go for win 300 next game. Do I hear ESPN in the near future?
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  • In an effort to continue to protect critical infrastructure along the coastline, the Coast Guard is amending rules for the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The security zone regulation is an amendment to change the current zone’s coordinates to better reflect the placement of markers on the water. The new rule will go into effect on Dec. 31. The regulation can be read and comments can be left here.
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  • Guardians have been searching for two missing fishermen who reportedly got swept out to sea while wade fishing yesterday near the mouth of the Brazos River in Freeport, Texas. Tragically, one of the fisherman was recovered last night. Crews plan to continue searching today for the second man.
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