Four boaters rescued in Saginaw Bay - WNEM TV 5

Four boaters rescued in Saginaw Bay

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ESSEXVILLE, MI (WNEM) -

The Coast Guard rescued four people from the Saginaw Bay on Sunday.

A good Samaritan boater came across four people clinging to an overturned boat in the Saginaw Bay and sent out a mayday over the designated international hailing and distress radio channel about 7 p.m., the Coast Guard said.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River arrived on scene at 7:10 p.m. When the rescue crew arrived the owner of the overturned boat was aboard the good Samaritan's boat and the three other people were on top of the overturned boat. The good Samaritan gave all four boaters life jackets, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard pulled the three remaining boaters into the rescue boat and transported the rescued passengers to the Coast Guard station.

Towboat US salvaged the vessel with the owner on-hand and it was towed to the local marina.

No injuries, medical concerns or pollution were reported from the incident.

"We recommend all boaters wear life jackets at all times while on the water," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Don Hamilton, coxswain of the rescue boat. "The boaters we rescued told us they had life jackets aboard the boat but did not have time to grab them and put them on before they flipped. Although these boaters weren't wearing life jackets they did the right thing by staying with the boat and climbing mostly out of the water. They were also lucky that another boater helped them out by calling us and lending them life jackets."

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