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Coast Guardsman Jonathan D. Scotchmer | United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

Coast Guardsman

Jonathan D. Scotchmer

United States Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, January 9, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Fall

Location: Florida

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Coast Guardsman Jonathan Scotchmer died after falling into the hold of a ship while making a routine investigation of a foreign cargo vessel.

Guardsman Scotchmer was part of a boarding party that was making a routine inspection of a Belize freighter. As part of its responsibilities, the Coast Guard normally stops foreign ships to check for safety violations, smuggling and proper documents. Guardsman Scotchmer and another Coast Guardsman were in the hold as part of their inspection when Scotchmer fell about 15 to 20 feet through a hole, landing on the metal deck below. While the guardsmen with the boarding party provided emergency medical care and he was evacuated by air to the mainland, he died of massive head injuries.

Guardsman Scotchmer had served with the United States Coast Guard for three and a half years and was stationed at Miami Beach at the time of the accident. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

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I came across these posts when pulling a picture for Memorial Day. My family has always been deeply stricken with my cousin's passing. This was a tragic and unexpected event. I am deeply moved by the number lives he has reached in death...as it is typical "Scotchy" - he touched so many lives in life. He would be so proud and honored to have helped so many. Especially, a tool that is saving people's lives. I miss you my dear cousin (my brother). You have an always remain in my heart. I am so proud of you then and now. God Bless all of you who have written and remember my cousin.

Heather Griffin
Family - Cousin
May 26, 2017

 

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