Coast Guard rescues 2 children, 2 adults from sinking boat in Merrimack River

Petty Officer 1st Class Matt Fedorowicz, a crew member at Coast Guard Station Merrimack River, in Newburyport, Mass., conducts a post search and rescue boarding Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Cashman Park, in Newburyport. Fedorowicz was a crew member aboard the response boat who rescued two adults and two children after the boat started sinking in Merrimack River. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ruben Colon)

Petty Officer 1st Class Matt Fedorowic conducts a post search and rescue boarding Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ruben Colon)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two children and two adults from a flooding boat Wednesday in Merrimack River.

A good Samaritan aboard a nearby vessel spotted the distressed boaters and hailed the Coast Guard using a VHF radio.

A 29-foot response boat crew fromc launched, arrived on scene, and took the two children aboard the response boat. The crew members then passed a suction hose for a dewatering pump to the adults, who started dewatering the boat.

“As soon as we arrived, our priority was getting the children on our boat,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ruben Colon, the response boat’s coxswain. “It was great to see both children wearing life jackets, and we asked the adults to put theirs on as well.”

He said the crew worked with the two adults to quickly dewater the boat, rig a tow line, and bring them safely to the boat ramp at Cashman Park in Newburyport.

There were no reported injuries. The cause of the flooding is unknown.

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