itCG – Auxiliary to the rescue, vessel leaking oil, whirlpool diving

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  • Coast Guard Auxiliarists combined with a Good Samaritan in the rescue of a 52-year-old fisherman who had been missing since Sunday in the British Virgin Islands. The missing boater made his distress call on a cell phone Wednesday afternoon at which time Sector San Juan watchstanders diverted an Auxiliary aircraft to the scene to direct a Good Samaritan on scene.
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  • Guardians are investigating the sinking of a towing vessel in the Ohio River near Chester, W.V. The vessel sank after taking on water due to heavy winds and high seas. An oil sheen has been reported at the sign of the accident and the Coast Guard is monitoring the pollution mitigation effort.
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  • In the “you don’t see that every day” category, Guardians from Station Eastport deployed in response to a distress call for a diver caught in a whirlpool in Atlantic waters along the U.S.-Canadian border. The whirlpool known as Old Sow is considered the largest natural whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere. Divers should exercise caution when attempting to swim near whirlpools.
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