NSWC PCD SAR Crew Rescues Distressed Boater from Cape San Blas


Story Number: NNS150407-01Release Date: 4/7/2015 7:55:00 AM
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By Jacqui Barker, Office of Public Affairs, Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy personnel rescued a distressed boater approximately three miles off the coast of Cape San Blas, Florida, April 6.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) "DragonMasters" Aviation Unit responded to a distress call dispatched to NSWC PCD's four-man Search and Rescue (SAR) crew at 11:45 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard in Mobile, Alabama, relayed a call from a man whose boat ran aground and capsized.

The NSWC PCD SAR crew lifted off at 12:35 p.m. and was on scene within 20 minutes.

The crew was in constant contact with the distressed man, said NSWC PCD Aviation Unit Officer in Charge Cmdr. Mike Buckley.

Once the man's location was identified, the NSWC PCD SAR crew deployed Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class (NAC/AW) Harrison Greenmaki, of Boise, Idaho, via the rescue hoist down to the man who was still in the water. Within 10 minutes of responding to the scene Greenmaki and the stranded man were pulled into the MH-60S helicopter and all returned to the NSWC PCD Aviation Unit.

Bay County Emergency Medical Services and Fire and Rescue personnel, U.S. Coast Guard, and Naval Support Activity Panama City Police were on the flightline awaiting the air crew's return to NSWC PCD's flight deck. Bay County EMS personnel evaluated the man on the Navy base and he was released without transport to area hospitals. The U.S. Coast Guard transported the man off the base.

For more news from Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, visit www.navy.mil/local/NSWC/.

 
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Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Harrison Greenmaki, left, from Boise, Idaho, assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, receives a hug from a man he rescued from the Gulf of Mexico.
150406-N-PY562-021 PANAMA CITY, Fla. (April 6, 2015) Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class Harrison Greenmaki, left, from Boise, Idaho, assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, receives a hug from a man he rescued from the Gulf of Mexico after the man's boat ran aground and capsized approximately three miles off of Cape San Blas, Fla. (U.S. Navy photo by Jacqui Barker)
April 7, 2015
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