Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized sailing vessel in Green Bay

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Green Bay, Wis., rescued two people after their sailboat capsized in Green Bay, Saturday evening.

Rescued were a male and female, both wearing life jackets.

The communications watchstander at Station Green Bay received a report of a capsized vessel at about 4:10 p.m., CDT, via VHF-FM channel 16. Coast Guardsmen from Station Green Bay immediately launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small. The boatcrew pulled both individuals from the water and transferred them to a boat from the Green Bay Police Department.

The Green Bay Police Department boatcrew transported both to Station Green Bay where they were met by waiting Emergency Medical Services.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters carry VHF-FM marine radios. A marine band radio is the best way to contact the Coast Guard or marine response agencies if you are in distress on the water. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just a one-to-one communication as when made via phone. When mariners ask for help on a marine radio, any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance. Channel 16 is the international distress frequency and should be used for emergencies only.

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