Auxiliary “ZERO ONE” to the rescue

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Crystal River, FL – Auxiliarist Robert Lewis, was at the helm of a local tour boat and took this photo of Auxiliary “ZERO ONE” going to the scene of the incident. USCG Auxiliary photo.

Crystal River, FL – Late one Friday morning Auxiliarists Jim Simon, Don Jones and Steve Hampton were working on USCG Auxiliary Facility; “ZERO ONE”. These Auxiliarists routinely monitor the marine radio while aboard the Auxiliary vessel. Hearing someone was in distress, they quickly went to the rescue.

By Auxiliarist Jodi Love, Public Affairs Officer

Two men in a 17-foot boat were tossed from their moving vessel. Luckily, they were both wearing proper life jackets. Assisted by a Good Samaritan vessel, the “ZERO ONE” crew wrapped the victims in blankets and put in a call to the Auxiliary Watchstander, Lyle Adams. Auxiliarist Adams immediately called the paramedics for medical assistance.

By the time the Auxiliary crew and the victims arrived at the radio room, Lyle had the heat on and the victims were given warm, dry clothes and later some coffee to help them warm up.

While the Auxiliarists were busy with the victims, no one was at the helm of the runaway, rogue vessel, the boat continued to spin in circles. Finally, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer was able to jump on board and get the boat under control.

The Auxiliary crew of “ZERO ONE” and proper training were in the right place at the right time.  With the nearest USCG Station being about 15 miles away by water, the Auxiliarists need to act with prudence, yet quickly to save lives.


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