Cape Cod Coast Guard Crews Respond to 4 S&R Calls
November 29, 2011
Crews from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal conducted 4 search-and-rescue missions and conducted 19 vessel boardings over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
On Friday, November 25, crewmembers responded to a disabled vessel 3 miles east of the entrance of the canal in Cape Cod Bay. Aboard were 2 adults, 2 children and a dog. No injuries were reported.
On Saturday, November 26, crewmembers responded to 2 more disabled vessels 3 miles northeast of the east entrance of the Cape Cod Canal. One vessel had 3 people aboard and another had 2. No injuries were reported.
On Sunday, November 26, Station Cape Cod Bay crews responded to an electrical space fire on the 42’ fishing vessel Silver Star, homeported in Plymouth. A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Station Cape Cod Canal 41’ boat crew responded. The Plymouth harbormaster towed the Silver Star to Plymouth Harbor.
All but one of the above cases were called in using a cellular phone through a third party because the vessel’s did not have a marine-band VHF radio aboard. VHF radios allow Coast Guard crews and other responders to receive accurate, real-time information and use technologies that can identify the source location of a radio callout.
“I’m extremely proud of the work my crews did this weekend, but concerned about what we saw,” said Chief Petty Officer Robert Holland, officer in charge at Station Cape Cod Canal. “With the water and air temperatures falling, boaters need to be prepared.”
“Don’t rely on cell phones working at sea,” Holland said. “Use a marine-band VHF radio and have all of your required safety equipment readily available at all times.”