U.S., Canadian Coast Guards Locate Overdue Boater

MarineLink.com
Monday, October 28, 2013

A U.S. Coast Guard air crew assisted the Canadian Coast Guard in locating an overdue boater early Monday morning in the vicinity of Bassett Island in northeastern Lake St. Clair.

Just before midnight Sunday, a search-and-rescue controller at the Coast Guard 9th District command center, was contacted by a SAR controller at JRCC Trenton, requesting assistance with locating an overdue boater, who was last known to be setting fish nets in Lake St. Clair. The boater, a 60-year-old man, reportedly left shore in an 18-foot aluminum boat at 5:30 p.m., and was due to return by 7:30 p.m.

At 12:45 a.m., a conference call was held between the 9th District SAR controller, JRCC Trenton SAR controller and the Coast Guard Air Station Detroit command to discuss the case and communications plan.

At 1 a.m., the 9th District's command center and JRCC were notified that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection boat crew had launched to assist with the search.

An air crew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Detroit, located on Selfridge Air National Guard base in the Northern suburbs of Detroit, launched at 1:14 a.m. The air crew arrived on scene to start their search at 1:24 a.m., and located the boat at 1:43 a.m., beached on Bassett Island.

The air crew vectored in a Canadian Coast Guard boat crew to the location of the stranded boater. The boater was rescued by the Canadian boat crew at 2:04 a.m. The man was cold but in good health and was transported back to his home by the local police department.

"This case had a successful outcome for several reasons — the boater had left behind a float plan; the great communication between U.S. and Canadian SAR controllers; and the teamwork of all the agencies and units involved in the search," said Capt. Nicholas Bartolotta, chief of response at the Coast Guard 9th District. "However, many boaters can prevent much of the worry they cause loved ones by being prepared for an emergency and carrying a reliable means of communication."

This collaborative effort between U.S. and Canadian forces was the second successful search-and-rescue case conducted with in a 12-hour period. An Air Station Detroit helicopter crew airlifted an ill man from a 730-foot Canadian-flagged ship Sunday afternoon.

Maritime Reporter February 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Barril Appointed COO of SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Barril as Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective March 1, 2015.  Philippe's appointment as a

MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The

Scorpio Takes Delivery of STI Veneto

Scorpio Tankers Inc. has taken delivery of STI Veneto, an LR2 product tanker from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. This vessel will begin a voyage for 60 days at approximately $32,

Coast Guard

MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The

USCG Updates Rules for Arrival/Departure Notices, AIS

Final rule on vessel requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System published in Federal Register   U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Australia Bolsters SAR in Indian Ocean Region

AMSA leading program to strengthen search and rescue capabilities in Indian Ocean region   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it has commenced

Maritime Safety

MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The

Naval EXPO Coming to Washington

For the first time ever, the general public will be admitted free to the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO general exhibit hall Feb. 4-5 where they

PHA Budgets $ 275 mi for Capital Improvements

In 2015, the Port of Houston Authority has budgeted $275 million for various capital improvement projects. About $184 million is being allocated to its container

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2074 sec (5 req/sec)