Coast Guard rescues 3 in Saginaw Bay

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew rescued three elderly men after the boat they were on became overcome with waves and began sinking about three miles east of Linwood Beach Marina in Saginaw Bay near Linwood, Mich., Wednesday afternoon.

The men are: a 65-year-old from Vermontville, Mich.; a 67-year-old from Battlecreek, Mich.; and a 73-year-old from Bellville, Mich. Their names are not being released.

The men initially called for help at 11:48 a.m. using the radio on their 17-foot fishing boat.

When the radio stopped working, they used a cell phone to provide their location and other information.

A rescue boatcrew from Station Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., launched in a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and arrived on scene with the men at 12:12 p.m.

When the boatcrew arrived, the vessel’s bow was underwater and two of the men were standing on coolers, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Maxwell Duncan, the officer of the day at Station Saginaw River. On scene weather was reportedly 15- to 20-knot winds and 3- to 4-foot waves.

The boatcrew brought all three men aboard the RB-S and transported them to Station Saginaw River. A commercial salvage company was contracted to recover the vessel.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to check the weather prior to getting underway and to know their vessel’s capabilities and limitations.

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