Coast Guard rescues 4 from boat taking on water in Lake St. Clair

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Cleveland — The Coast Guard rescued four people from a 34-foot Chris Craft recreational boat that began taking on water Friday near lighted Buoy 21 in Lake St. Clair.

At 12:49 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received notification via VHF-FM channel 16 of a pleasure craft taking on water with four people aboard. They reported that the onboard dewatering system was keeping up with the flooding.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit launched a crew from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores aboard a 25-foot response boat, and issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which notifies mariners of an incident, asks them to keep a sharp lookout, report any sightings to the nearest Coast Guard unit and assist if possible.

Once on scene, the boat crew brought all four people aboard the response boat until a commercial salvage vessel arrived on scene. The four people were then transferred to the salvage vessel, which transported the four people and towed the recreational boat to Hideaway Harbor Marina in Harrison Township, Michigan.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners that VHF-FM channel 16 is the best way to call for help in case of an emergency.

Personal Locator Beacons are also a great way to inform the Coast Guard of your location in an emergency. PLBs relay a signal to satellites which allows the Coast Guard to pinpoint your location within three feet, essentially taking the “search” out of search-and-rescue.

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