itCG-emergency landing, cleaning up the bayou, boats taking on water, search for missing fisherman

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A Coast Guard boat crew participates in a tactical coxswain training course on the Thames River in New London, Conn., Oct. 21, 2009 (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. Berlin).
A Coast Guard boat crew participates in a tactical coxswain training course on the Thames River in New London, Conn., Oct. 21, 2009 (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. Berlin). Click on image to read a news story about the training.
  • On Thursday, a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Detroit had to make an emergency landing in Alpena, Michigan, while on its way to the hospital to transfer a fisherman who was suffering with heart attack symptoms. The helicopter experienced low oil pressure and the pilots had to land with only one working engine.
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  • Coast Guard crews are in Southern Louisiana this week working to remove sunken vessels from the bayou as part of a FEMA marine-debris-removal program. Vessels that sank during hurricanes Katrina and Rita clutter the area waters, are hazards to navigation and pose potential environmental concerns. Twenty vessels have been removed so far.
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  • Guardians aided four people on Friday after receiving a distress call from their 20-foot boat about seven miles northwest of Cape May Lighthouse. The boat was reportedly taking on water over the bow and the four people onboard were bailing water with buckets to control the flooding. A Coast Guard Station Cape May crew responded and determined the boat was taking on water due to a low freeboard. Guardians used a pump to stabilize the boat and then escorted back to shore.
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  • Guardians rescued three people on Saturday night from a 28-foot sailboat that ran aground and was taking on water in the Hooper Strait near Wingate, Maryland. A Coast Guard Station Crisfield boat crew and a Maryland State Police helicopter crew responded to assist after Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders received the radio distress call from the boaters. The vessel is currently anchored and will be salvaged by the owner.
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  • Guardians searched throughout the day yesterday for a man missing after his 32-foot boat was found by a good Samaritan on Friday night aground with the engines still running about 20 miles north of Sitka. It is believed that the man may have fallen overboard. Click here to see pictures of the grounded boat.
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