Coast Guard rescues 3 near Saginaw, Mich.

CLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich., rescued three people in Saginaw Bay, Monday evening.

All three people were wearing life jackets. There were no injuries reported.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received notification at about 5:40 p.m., of five people in the water who had gone swimming off of their recreational boat. Two were able make it back aboard, but could not start or maneuver the vessel towards the remaining three, who were floating away.

Personnel from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office also responded. The boatcrew from Station Saginaw River, aboard a 24-foot Special Purpoer Craft-Shallow Water, transferred one person onto the sheriff’s boat and located the disabled vessel about one mile from where the people were in the water.

A TowBoat U.S. boatcrew arrived on scene and was able to start the vessel. There was no evidence of any pollution.

Life jackets save lives. Drowning is the leading cause of death in boating-related mishaps. Most boating fatalities are the result of unexpected falls overboard, either while a vessel is underway or drifting. Of those who drown, 90 percent are not wearing a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket helps ensure a boater stays afloat so they can either self-rescue or be rescued by other boaters in the area.

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