itCG – Medevac, AMVER vessel rescues boaters, petroleum-based product spill, Flying Santa

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  • This video illustrates the dangers of deploying a rescue swimmer and hoisting a person off of a vessel in 20-foot seas. This rescue took place on Saturday night when a Coast Guard helicopter medically evacuated a man off a tugboat about 54 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The 52-year-old man injured his head when he fell and began showing symptoms of a heart attack.
    Story here
  • Just before 1 a.m. this morning, Guardians successfully coordinated the rescue of three boaters stranded onboard a disabled French sailboat about 600 miles east of Bermuda. What started on Saturday night with a distress call, turned into a full SAR case being coordinated between U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders and the Rescue Coordination Center in Gris Nez, France. Thanks to the help of the registered AMVER vessel Wellington Star and a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City aircraft, the three boaters were located and rescued.
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  • The Coast Guard responded to a pollution spill in the inner harbor of New Bedford, Mass. The spill, about 50 gallons of a petroleum-based product, is from an unknown source. Guardians from Marine Safety Office Providence, R.I., the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Fairhaven Harbor Master are working together to investigate the incident and prevent more product from entering the water.
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  • Friends of Flying Santa – an annual tradition now in its 80th year – delivered presents to Coast Guard families along the New England coast on Saturday. The nonprofit, volunteer organization flew in more than 600 toys by helicopter to more than 50 units in six states. An even better twist to this story, retired Vice Admiral and prior Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vivien Crea flew the helicopter and Chief Warrant Officer Tom Guthlein, commanding officer of Station Castle Hill in Newport, R.I., played the role of Santa Claus.
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