Coast Guard rescues 10 near Milwaukee Harbor

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – Rescue boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Milwaukee rescued 10 people from a 19-foot vessel taking on water near the Milwaukee Harbor, Saturday morning.

Rescued were six children and four adults, all wearing life jackets. Their names and ages are not being released.

The communications watchstander at Station Milwaukee received notification of the sinking vessel from a good Samaritan via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at about 10:30 a.m., CDT. Boatcrews launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel. Coast Guard assets were on scene minutes after being notified, and were able to safely transfer everyone off the sinking vessel.

None of the individuals entered the water, and all were transported back to Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee and checked by Emergency Medical Services. The Milwaukee Police Department is coordinating with a commercial salvage company regarding the removal of the sunken vessel.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to wear life jackets at all times when on the water, and to carry a communications device, such as a marine-band radio, while boating.

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