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

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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 was John’s first Chief on Jarvis in Hawaii. He was a fantastic worker and made a great Engineer. He was well liked and fun to be around. I could not have asked for a better young man from boot camp. Those who served with him miss him.

Russ Montague MKCS ret
Coast Guard

January 21, 2020

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