Starting this month, SLCG Magazine will have a short column dedicated to some of the many rescues that our compatriots in the USCG conduct in the month prior to issue release.
USCG Rescues Family of Four in the Gulf of Mexico
NEW ORLEANS, LA – On August 5, 2020, a family of four was rescued from their overturned boat in the Gulf of Mexico, near Venice, Louisiana. The two parents radioed in their mayday, reporting that their 20 foot vessel was taking on water. An airplane crew found the boat, and lowered a rescue swimmer to assist the family, now hanging onto their vessel, until the RB-M arrived on scene. Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Wagner, Petty Officer 2nd Class George Landrum, and Seaman Todd Clark worked hard to get the family onto their RB-M safely. The children were only 8 and 11, and all were reported to be in good health and spirits after the rescue.
Four Passengers Rescued Near Biloxi
BILOXI, MS – Early in the morning of August 15, the USCG rescued four people from a commercial shrimping vessel. After a report that the F/V “Cajun Made” was heading at high speed, an RB-M 45 footer responded. Once on scene, the F/V overturned, but the crew saved all four passengers. A child and three adults came safely aboard the RB-M with no reported injuries.
Coasties Save 12 From Sinking Vessel
ERIE, NY – The USCG was called at about 2 pm on August 22, 2020 to a sinking vessel in Presque Isle Bay, near Dobbins Landing around Erie, New York. Upon arrival at the scene, the rescuers discovered that all twelve occupants of the vessel were in the water. Coasties and private boaters were able to pull all survivors to safety. It is unclear as to the reason for the vessel’s sinking.