Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking boat - WNEM TV 5

Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking boat

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ESSEXVILLE, Mich. (WNEM+AP) -

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued four people in Saginaw Bay from a boat that was taking on water.

A crew responded Tuesday night from Essexville after a report that a 24-foot recreational boat was taking on water near Channel Island. 

The boat's owner stated they began taking on water when several large waves entered the boat. The owner said the boat's bilge pump was not working properly and the boat was sinking.

No injuries were reported. The crew got water out of the boat and towed it to a boat ramp near the entrance to Saginaw Bay.

"One of the most important things to do before getting back on the water for the first time in spring is to thoroughly inspect the boat inside and out and make sure the boat itself and equipment works properly," said Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Reed, officer-of-the-day at Station Saginaw River.

The Coast Guard issued a reminder to boaters that the water temperatures in the Saginaw Bay are still cold enough to cause hypothermia.

The names of those rescued are not being released by the Coast Guard.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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