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Orange flares led to fishermen being saved from water

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Three fishermen have been saved in Georgia, USA, after flares were fired when they got into trouble early one morning in March 2018.

The fishermen from the 42-foot fishing vessel Barbara Lynn, 63 miles southeast of Brunswick, sent an emergency alert to U.S. Coastguards.

Watchstanders sent an enhanced group calling (EGC) message, launched a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma crew to the vessel’s last known position.

The crew of the USS Hue City responded and spotted orange flares and flashing lights and located the fishermen on a raft surrounded by debris.

The fishermen were rescued and taken via an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter to Naval Station Mayport where they were transferred to emergency medical services.

Lt Cmdr. Ryan Kelley, the Coast Guard’s District Seven Public Affairs Officer, says, “This case highlights the close cooperation between the Coast Guard and the Navy as well as the importance of having the right safety equipment onboard.

“The Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, flares and flashing light, without question, helped lead rescue crews directly to their location to get them home safely.”

The USS Hue City (CG-66) is the twentieth in the Ticonderoga class of Aegis guided missile cruisers in the United States Navy and conducted her maiden voyage in March 1993.

The Seventh Coast Guard District is one of nine Coast Guard district offices nationwide and is based in Miami, Florida. The Seventh District has responsibility for all Coast Guard operations in South Carolina, Georgia, the Florida Peninsula, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Basin. 

The image of the raft is courtesy of the U.S Coast Guard.

Apr 04, 2018