Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking boat near Linwood, Mich.

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., rescued two men who were aboard a boat that began taking on water and was in danger of sinking near Linwood Beach Marina in Saginaw Bay Monday afternoon.

One of the two men aboard the boat used his cell phone to call for help at 1:12 p.m., stating the 16-foot Starcraft took waves over the side and was sinking about three and a half miles east of Linwood Beach Marina.

A boatcrew from Station Saginaw River immediately launched aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water boat and arrived on scene with the sinking pleasure craft at 1:43 p.m. There, Coast Guardsmen found both men wearing life jackets and standing inside the mostly-submerged vessel in thigh-deep water.

The boatcrew brought both men aboard the SPC-SW and transported them to Linwood Beach Marina where they were met by emergency medical technicians.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners of the importance of VHF-FM marine radios since they are far more reliable than cell phones in the marine environment, and when a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just a one-to-one communication. When mariners ask for help on a marine radio, any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.

The owner of the vessel will work with a commercial salvage company to remove it from the water.

Weather at the time was reported to be 3 to 4-foot waves with swells up to 5 feet. The water temperature is 51 degrees.

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