Coast Guard crew rescues 2 near Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard rescued two people who were aboard a disabled 16-foot boat near Penns Landing in Philadelphia Monday.

The Coast Guard received a call at 2:30 p.m. from a member of Camden County 911 dispatch reporting two people were aboard a disabled boat.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia arrived on scene and assessed the situation.

“Due to the heat index being 105 degrees, unreliable communications, lack of food and water and the possibility of the boat being swamped, it was determined the safest course of action would be to tow them in,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tricia Eldredge, a watch stander at the Coast Guard Command Center at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia. “What they thought was going to be a quick trip from one boat landing to another, turned into an unforeseen situation. They were unprepared to be out there for an extended period of time.”

The rescue boat crew towed the two people aboard the 16-foot boat to Gloucester City Marina in Gloucester City, N.J.

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