Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking research boat

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued two people today when the research boat they were on broke apart and took on water about 14 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Del.

The two people were aboard the research boat Russell W. Peterson when it started breaking apart and taking on water.  They activated their electronic positioning indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and reported the boat was breaking up and taking on water approximately 14 miles off the coast.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City hoisted both men, and transferred them to awaiting medical personnel at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.

Additionally, crews from Coast Guard Stations Cape May, N.J., and Ocean City, Md., responded.

The Coast Guard wants all mariners to know that beginning Feb. 1, 2009, only distress alerts from 406 MHz beacons will continue to be detected and processed by search and rescue satellites worldwide. Older model Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons or Emergency Locator Transmitters that transmit a distress alert on 121.5 MHz or 243 MHz  will not be instantly sent to search and rescue personnel. The only way these signals might be heard is by a passive radio listener tuned in to the 121.5/243 MHz frequencies.

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