Air Station Cape Cod News

30 Mar 2020

Coast Guard Corrals Wayward Buoy in Long Island Sound

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak (WLB-211) sits at anchor. The Newport, Rhode Island-based buoy tender maintains 144 Aids to Navigation (ATON) that guide mariners into some of the oldest and busiest ports in the U.S., including Boston, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Emily E. Torsney)

Built to guide mariners through safe waters, the Valiant Rock Lighted Whistle Buoy 11 was dangerously adrift in the Long Island Sound.When ferry operators traveling between Orient Point and Fishers Island, New York, first reported the buoy off station on Jan. 17, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak (WLB-211) was already underway but foul weather kept the cutter from removing it.This was the beginning of a two-week saga that would involve several Coast Guard units. Like the Loch Ness monster of the Long Island Sound, the 35-foot-tall green buoy was occasionally seen but hard to catch.

23 Jul 2019

American Rescuer Gets IMO Bravery Accolade

Pic: IMO

Petty Officer Michael Kelly, a rescue swimmer with the United States Coast Guard, will receive the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, for his courage, perseverance and skill in rescuing four survivors from a life raft, in extremely high winds and heavy seas.A panel of judges decided that the rescue merited the highest award. The decision was endorsed by the IMO Council at its 122nd session in London (15-19 July).Petty Officer Michael W. Kelly, Aviation Survival Technician Second Class…

27 Aug 2018

Disabled Freighter Towed into New York Harbor

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steven Strohmaier

The U.S. Coast Guard coordinated the tow of a disabled 611-foot freighter into the port of New York and New Jersey after it lost propulsion over 100 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, August 21.At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York received a report that the Panama-flagged bulk carrier GDF Suez North Sea with 21 crew aboard, was disabled. The Coast Guard monitored the situation over the following days as the crew attempted to repair the propulsion system.By Thursday night…

24 Aug 2018

Four Rescued from Fishing Vessel Blaze off US East Coast

(Credit: USCG)

A fishing vessel went up in flames about 65 miles off the coast of of Chatham, Mass. on August 23, 2018.The four fisherman aboard the 23-meter Rose Marie at the time of the fire were rescued by the crews of three nearby fishing vessels.A U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry air crew from Air Station Cape Cod and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Legare, 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter also diverted to evaluate the scene.The cause of the incident is under investigation.

15 Feb 2018

Four Rescued from Sinking Vessel Off Martha's Vineyard

(Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video)

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew rescued four people from a sinking fishing boat Wednesday, about 18 miles south of Martha's Vineyard, Mass. The captain of the vessel Sea Star radioed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at about 6:20 p.m., reporting their vessel was taking on water, listing heavily, and they were donning their immersion suits. Diverting from a training flight, aircrews from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-144 Ocean Sentry arrived on scene.

09 Feb 2018

Fisherman Medevaced off New York Coast

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 51-year-old man, early Thursday morning from a fishing vessel approximately 45-miles south of Montauk. Watchstanders at Sector Long Island Sound command center received notification at approximately 2 a.m., on VHF-FM channel 16 from the master of the vessel who was suffering severe stomach pains. The watchstanders notified the Coast Guard flight surgeon who recommended a medevac for the man to receive medical care within four hours. The crew safely transported him to T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, where emergency medical service personnel transferred him to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. The man is reported to be in stable condition.

22 Jan 2017

Injured Man hoisted from fishing Boat 25 mi off Cape Ann, MA

Photo courtesy USCG

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hoisted a man Saturday from the fishing boat Golden Girl while 25 miles southeast of Cape Ann. The captain of Golden Girl contacted Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders Saturday morning and reported a crewman aboard severely injured his hand and needed medical attention. The aircrew launched and arrived on scene at about 12:20 p.m. to medevac the man. After a successful hoist, the man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. Helicopter pilot Lt.

30 Aug 2016

Wounded Lobsterman Medevaced near Cape Cope

(U.S. Coast Guard stock photo:  MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter)

An injured lobsterman was medically evacuated by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew Tuesday roughly 130 nautical miles east of Cape Cod.   At about 10:15 a.m., a crewmember aboard the lobster boat Eagle contacted watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center requesting assistance for a 41-year-old crewmember who had accidentally been impaled.   A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac and Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at about 11 a.m. The air crew arrived on scene, hoisted the man, and is currently in transit to Cape Cod Hospital.

21 Mar 2016

Three Mariners Rescued near Cerberus Shoal

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound were notigied that the 50-foot long liner Long Shot was burning near Fisher’s Island. The crewmembers had abandoned ship and boarded a life raft. Photo USCG.

Coast Guard Station New London crewmembers rescued three mariners after their vessel caught on fire at 6:45 A.M., Sunday, near Cerberus Shoal. A father of one of the mariners notified Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound that the 50-foot long liner Long Shot was burning near Fisher’s Island. The crewmembers had abandoned ship and boarded a life raft. Watchstanders at Sector Long Island Sound launched boat crews from Coast Guard Station Montauk and Coast Guard Station New London. A helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod also responded.

03 Nov 2015

Sailor Medevaced from Bulker off Cape Cod

U.S. Coast Guard air crews medevac Ukrainian from bulk carrier 130 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass. A Ukrainian sailor in distress was medically evacuated by U.S. Coast Guard Crews Monday, 130 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass. Watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center received a medevac request from the motor vessel Alice Oldendorff stating a 28-year-old man was suffering stomach pains. After a conference call with a flight surgeon, the operator of the vessel, and the search and rescue mission coordinator, a medevac was recommended within a 12-hour window. The operator was instructed to change course and make best speed towards Cape Cod to decrease the time it would take to get the man medical care. Crews aboard an HC-144a Casa and a MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter responded to help.

25 Oct 2015

Man Rescued from Fishing Boat Near Nantucket

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter -  Always Ready

A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medically evacuated a man from a fishing boat Saturday about 20 miles east of Nantucket. The master of the 67-foot fishing boat Sassy Girl, homeported in Virginia, contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders at about 3 p.m. reporting a crewmember suffered a hand injury and needed medical attention. The Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended a medevac and a helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod launched. "The boat's master took action and provided first aid until the Coast Guard crew arrived on scene…

14 Sep 2015

USCG Conducts Medevac

Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 69-year-old-female Sunday 56 miles south of Nantucket. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 1st District command center received a call from the cruise ship Norwegian Gem requesting a medevac of a 69-year-old woman suffering from possible internal injuries at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday. An Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched shortly before 10 a.m. and arrived on scene at approximately 11 a.m at which time they hoisted the woman from the deck of the vessel.

27 Aug 2015

Fishing Boat Catches Fire off Maine

U.S. Coast Guard photo

U.S. Coast Guard crews from Station South Portland, Maine, and Air Station Cape Cod responded to a report of a fishing boat fire Wednesday, about six miles from Jeffreys Ledge, a fishing area which stretches from the coast of Rockport to just southeast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A crewmember aboard the 40-foot fishing boat Gretchen Marie contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday reporting a fire onboard and heavy smoke in Gretchen Marie's pilothouse. Two men were aboard the vessel.

26 Aug 2015

USCG Medevacs Sailor from Navy Destroyer

U.S. Navy file photo of guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95)

U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 23-year-old male Tuesday at approximately 10:40 p.m from U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), 220 miles off the coast of Chatham, N.J. Coast Guard 1st District Watchstanders received notification from Navy Fleet Forces that a crewmember had a medical condition that required immediate attention at approximately 9:45 p.m. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter with a health care specialist aboard. In addition, an HC-144 fixed-wing airplane provided air support.

26 Aug 2015

USCG, Royal Canadian Navy Conduct Jt Exercise

Joint Exercise

U.S. Coast Guard crews from Southeastern New England conducted various evolutions with the Royal Canadian Navy to train and improve the inter-operability of the two nations’ militaries and surface search and rescue assets. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Station Provincetown, and Air Station Cape Cod and HMCS Summerside conducted homeland security, anti-terrorism, search and rescue, and medical evacuation operations. The training commenced in Buzzards Bay, Monday with a Coast Guard Station Woods Hole 29-foot Response Boat Small simulating a boat protesting against the Royal Canadian Navy.

08 Jun 2015

New Captain for USCG Air Station Cape Cod

Change of Command Ceremony

Capt. Timothy Tobiasz assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, from Capt. Stephen H. Torpey during a change of command ceremony at the air station in Bourne, Massachusetts, Saturday. Rear Adm. Linda L. Fagan, commander of the 1st Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony. The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates the continuity of authority vested in the commanding officer to the officers and crew in attendance.

24 May 2015

USCG Assists Sinking Vessel East of Nantucket

Coast Guard Cutter-Sanibel1

The Coast Guard is responding to a fishing boat taking on water 130 miles east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 12:45 a.m., the fishing vessel Athena’s crew reported to Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, that the Miss Shauna, a 51-foot fishing boat with seven people aboard, was taking on water through a hole in the boat’s engine room. The Coast Guard established communications with the crew of the Miss Shauna, and they reported their pumps were keeping up with the flooding, but the rate of flooding was increasing.

31 Mar 2015

USCG Rescues 9 from Canadian Tall Ship

Recue underway

Coast Guard search and rescue crews from Station Gloucester, Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke rescued nine crewmembers from the Canadian tall ship Liana's Ransom 58 miles east of Gloucester, Monday. Watchstanders at the Sector Boston Command Center received notification at 12:35 a.m. that the vessel's engines were disabled and its sails were wrapped around the mast. As the weather deteriorated, and seas reached nearly 10 feet, Sector Boston launched two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Gloucester to tow the vessel back to Gloucester.

24 Mar 2015

USCG Rescues 2 Fishermen near Block Island

Coast Guard crews rescue two fishermen from their sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, R.I., on March 23, 2015. Crews from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Coast Guard Station Point Judith, and Air Station Cape Cod res

Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, Rhode Island, Monday. At approximately noon, the two person crew of the 38-foot fishing boat More Misery notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts that they were taking on water and needed help. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and two 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill and Coast Guard Station Point Judith were launched.

13 Mar 2015

Fisherman Medevaced near Cape Cod

A crewman was medically evacuated from a fishing boat by U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews 110 miles east of Cape Cod, Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center received an urgent call from the fishing vessel Capt Joe stating that a 62-year-old crew member aboard was suffering from severe abdominal pain. Considering the potential severity of the man's condition and the distance from land, Sector Boston conferred with the 1st District Command Center who initiated the medevac. Air Station Cape Cod was directed to launch two air crews, one aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to conduct the hoist, another aboard an HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft to provide communication and support coverage.

13 Sep 2014

USCG Confirm Jelly Fish Concentration in Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts

Jellyfish

Coast Guard pollution responders, and the Fairhaven Harbormaster responded to a report of a large oil sheen in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Friday morning. At 2:00 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England was notified by a local, experienced mariner of a possible pollution sheen in Buzzard's Bay. Response crews with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, a 29-foot response boat from Station Woods Hole, and a 45-foot response boat medium from Station Menemsha…

11 Nov 2014

USCG Reponds to Boat Fire Near Cushing Island

Photo : USCG

A Coast Guard Station South Portland, Maine, crew responded to a boat fire aboard a 30-foot lobster boat in the vicinity of Cushing Island, Maine, Monday. The Portland dispatch notified Station South Portland at about 12:20 p.m., of a fire aboard the lobster boat Hard Bottom with one person aboard. A Station South Portland 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew immediately launched and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, helicopter was diverted to the scene.

30 Dec 2014

USCG Cutter Tahoma Returns

USCG Cutter Tahoma

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned Sunday to their homeport of Kittery, Maine after a 55-day patrol conducting operations and training in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The crew carried out Living Marine Resources boardings under the guidance of the 1st Coast Guard District. The Tahoma's law enforcement teams conducted boardings of commercial fishing vessels to inspect safety gear and enforce marine resource management to ensure sustainable fisheries in the North Atlantic. On Dec. 1, 2014 the Tahoma's crew assisted the disabled fishing vessel Madison Kate following an engine casualty.

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