Coast Guardsman Jonathan D. Scotchmer

Coast Guardsman Jonathan D. Scotchmer

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

End of Watch Monday, January 9, 1995

Jonathan D. Scotchmer

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.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall
  • Location Florida

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I met Jonathan at USCG Boarding Officer School. worked side by side with every day for 33 days. He was our class Honor Graduate. When I received the message while standing Officer of the Day Duties it numbed me. I've seen the video more than once, and kept hoping it ended differently. I used the tragedy as a training tool for the next eight years as I trained men and women to be Boarding team Members and Boarding Officers. Rest in Peace Brother.

MK2 Brian Newman
Forner USCG Member. Current Inspector with DHS

October 25, 2018

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