Coast Guard rescues 2 from sailboat flooding off Maine’s coast

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine, responds to the sailboat, Ingomar, taking on water in West Penobscot Bay, Maine, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The MLB crew and a small-boat response crew arrived on scene, transferred a rescue and assistance team with dewatering equipment aboard Ingomar, and successfully kept the sailboat dewatered as it made its way to shore. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Hans Schultz

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine, responds to the sailboat, Ingomar, taking on water in West Penobscot Bay, Maine, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. T U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Hans Schultz

BOSTON – The crew at Coast Guard Station Rockland, Maine, rescued two people from a sailboat taking on water Tuesday about six miles southeast of Owl’s Head Lighthouse.

A crewmember aboard the sailboat Ingomar sent a radio hail for help to the Coast Guard station shortly before 10 a.m. reporting they were in distress and taking on water.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 29-foot response boat crew from the station both deployed to help the two people.

After arriving on scene, a rescue and assistance team with dewatering equipment went aboard the sailboat to control the flooding. The team used a pump to keep the sailboat dewatered and afloat until it arrived at Journey’s End Marina in Rockland, where it was immediately hauled out of the water.

“Today is my fourth day since assuming command at Coast Guard Station Rockland and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the response efforts all around,” said Chief Warrant Officer Hans Schultz, the station’s commanding officer.  “From quickly arriving on scene and dewatering the vessel to working with a local marina to expedite the sailboat’s haul out, it’s clear this crew is trained and ready for when their community needs them.”

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