The Coast Guard received a phone call late Tuesday night from a concerned citizen. The cause for concern? Two locals left on a jet ski earlier that day and still hadn’t returned. Immediately after an urgent marine information broadcast was issued and a search crew was formed.
“I am the sensor system operator,” says Coast Guard Officer Kash Bhimrao. “We operate the radar, the infrared cameras, and all the radios.”
Bhimrao was a part of a three man crew flying a HU-25 Falcon Jet in the area. He and his crew were diverted from their training flight to help assist in the search. The crew located the watercraft just before midnight.
“We started our patrol with the infrared camera and were able to locate the vessel with the two persons on board,” says Bhimrao.
According to reports, the two missing persons became stranded on their jet ski when they got stuck in some shallow water.
“After we located them we notified the small boat and were able to vector them in with the assist,” says Bhimrao.
Bhimrao says the situation could have been much worse and urges boaters to always carry some form of communication.
“It would have been much easier to locate them if they had a radio or some sort of flare,” says Bhimrao.
The missing people were transported back to their boat ramp after the rescue. Thankfully, no one was injured.