Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters aboard sinking boat near Crisfield, Md.

5th Coast Guard District News
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters aboard a fishing boat Wednesday that was taking on water in Ape Hole Creek near the Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area.

The 41-foot fishing boat Carolyn Jeanne began taking on water, and in response, the operator of the boat contacted his father. The father arrived at Coast Guard Station Crisfield and notified watchstanders of the situation. Two people were aboard the fishing boat.

A boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small was launched from Station Crisfield and arrived on scene within approximately 15 minutes of the notification.

Crewmembers aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Md., tow the Carolyn Jeanne, a 41-foot fishing boat that had been taking on water in Ape Hole Creek near the Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The operator aboard the Carolyn Jeanne, a 41-foot fishing boat, contacted his father, who stopped by Coast Guard Station Crisfield and informed watchstanders that his son and one other person were aboard the fishing boat that was taking on water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Carr

Crewmembers aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Md., tow the Carolyn Jeanne Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Carr

“When we met up with the Carolyn Jeanne, the crew had made it to Broad Creek Gut,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Hupp, the coxswain aboard the RBS. “The crew aboard the fishing vessel said they had re-routed their raw water intake to aid in dewatering their engine room. Unfortunately, their engine was beginning to overheat, they were still taking on water when transiting and they were in danger of running aground. I decided to transfer two of our crewmembers with a dewatering pump to assist.”

The cremembers, Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Grove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tererri aided in dewatering the engine room. The RBS crew then towed the boat back to Crisfield.

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