Coast Guard crew assists 2 boaters on vessel taking on water, tows boat to shore

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CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard crew responded to a report of a vessel taking on water with two people aboard northeast of Indiana Harbor on Lake Michigan Monday morning.

At 10 a.m., a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, in Chicago was diverted aboard a 25-foot Response Boat–Small after receiving a distress call from a VHF-FM marine band radio on channel 16. After arriving on scene, a crew member boarded the vessel and determined that the boaters’ dewatering pump was sufficient.

The Coast Guardsman stayed aboard the vessel, while the RB-S was used to tow the vessel to Hammond Marina in Hammond, Ind., where the two men had contacted a mechanic to bring their trailer to the marina.

“Due to the fact that the mariners had their required gear, they were able to receive the help they needed promptly,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Walach, officer of the day at Station Calumet Harbor. Both men were wearing life jackets and made use of their VHF-FM radio.

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