Coast Guard rescues father, son from flooding boat
TAWAS, MI (WNEM) -
The Coast Guard rescued a father and son who were aboard a boat taking on water in Lake Huron, three miles northwest of Tawas on Tuesday afternoon.
The names of the boaters are not being released.
A rescue boatcrew aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Tawas, in East Tawas, came to the aid of the boaters, who were aboard a 35-foot pleasure craft.
The same boaters had contacted the Station Tawas radio watchstander earlier in the day, when they reported engine trouble. They were able to fix the problem on their own and did not require further Coast Guard assistance.
About two hours after the first communication, the same boaters reported they were taking on water. The Station Tawas crew was already underway for training and diverted to assist.
Two members of the boatcrew removed the man and his son off their boat and onto the lifeboat. The two crewmembers, Petty Officers 3rd Class Jason Gregg and Jon Janz, then went aboard the boat with a dewatering pump and began bailing water out of the vessel. The two crewmembers also located the leak, a loose gasket in the enclosed engine space, and slowed the leak enough to get the boat to shore.
"The experience and seamanship of the crew was critical to the successful execution of this case," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Maxwell Wienke, the coxswain aboard the rescue boat. "The two of them didn't hesitate to go aboard the boat, locate the problem and secure the leak."
The rescue boatcrew towed the vessel to Jerry's Marina in Tawas.
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