Coast Guard rescues 2 people from Delaware River near Commodore Barry Bridge

5th Coast Guard District News
PHILIDELPHIA ― The Coast Guard rescued two people from a personal watercraft that was sinking in the Delaware River near the Commodore Barry Bridge Monday.

A tugboat operator alerted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at about 6 p.m., via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, that a male and female were in the water and hanging onto the partially submerged watercraft.

A nearby 25-foot Response Boat―Small crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia responded to the distress call. Once on scene, Petty Officer 2nd Class Albertico Vargas pulled both people from the water and onto the Coast Guard boat. The two people were taken about one mile south to Chester Boat Ramp where the survivor’s vehicle was parked.

“The people rescued tonight were both wearing their life jackets,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Law, a Station Philadelphia crewmember. “Life jackets are crucial to wear during any kind of water activity. If that watercraft completely submerged before we got on scene, the life jackets would have been definite life savers.  Even experienced swimmers get fatigued.”

A personal water craft is sinking in the Delaware River near the Commodore Barry Bridge, in Philadelphia, Monday evening. A 25-foot Response Boat ― Small crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia responded to the distress and pulled the two people who were aboard from the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo

A personal water craft is sinking in the Delaware River near the Commodore Barry Bridge, in Philadelphia, Monday evening. A 25-foot Response Boat ― Small crew from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia responded to the distress and pulled the two people who were aboard from the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo

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