Coast Guard Rescues 2 Boaters from Saginaw Bay

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued two people from Saginaw Bay Sunday after their boat began taking on water.

At about 11:20 a.m., a communications watchstander at Coast Guard Station Tawas, Mich., received notification from the Iosco County Central Dispatch that a 22-foot vessel with two people aboard was taking on water near Charity Island in Saginaw Bay.

The Iosco County dispatcher had received the initial call from one of the mariners via cell phone.

A rescue boatcrew from Station Tawas launched from the station aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat.  A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was also requested to launch.

While the Station Tawas boatcrew was enroute, they received notification that the vessel had completely submerged, and the two individuals were standing on top of the vessel in the water.

The rescue boatcrew arrived on scene, located the two individuals, who were both wearing life jackets, and transported them to awaiting emergency medical service crews at the East Tawas State Dock. It was reported that the boaters had been in the water for about 40 minutes and were showing signs of hypothermia.

The conditions of those rescued are unknown at this time.

On-scene weather was reported as 3-4-foot seas and 5-10-knot winds.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners of the importance of having a proper means of communication while boating. In this instance, a cell phone was sufficient; however signal dead zones may prevent communication during an emergency when needed. The Coast Guard encourages boaters to use VHF-FM marine radios as a primary means of emergency communication.

Also, the Coast Guard wishes to remind mariners of the importance of life jackets. The only life jacket that can save your life is the one that you are wearing.

Click here to learn about safety equpment you should have aboard your boat.

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