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Coast Guard assists flooding vessel; two passengers safe
A 46-foot pleasure boat that began taking on water in Saratoga Passage remains afloat this week thanks to a little help from the U.S. Coast Guard.
According a news release, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a Mayday call on VHF channel 16 from the 46-foot pleasure craft Estralita at approximately 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, the release reported.
A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew came from Coast Guard Station Seattle.
Dolphin crew members lowered a rescue swimmer to assist the crew members of the RB-M in dewatering the boat. It was then towed to Everett Marina.
Two people were on board at the time and neither were injured.
“The quick response from the Air Station Port Angeles, Station Seattle and the Joint Harbor Operations Center was instrumental in the success of this evolution,” said Tyler Manuel, a search and rescue coordinator who works at the JHOC at Sector Puget Sound. “The rescue swimmer was able to give an accurate assessment of the situation which helped the crew members from Station Seattle turn a potentially difficult tow into a very successful and safe one.”