Coast Guard rescues 7 children and 3 adults from raft taking on water in Bellingham Bay

Boat crew members aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bellingham rescue seven children and three adults from a raft taking on water in the vicinity of Point Francis in Bellingham Bay, Wash., Aug. 8, 2017. The seven children were wearing life jackets but none of the adults had a life jacket available to wear. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Larson.

Boat crew members aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bellingham rescue seven children and three adults from a raft taking on water in the vicinity of Point Francis in Bellingham Bay, Wash., Aug. 8, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Larson.

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued seven kids and three adults from a raft that started taking on water in the vicinity of Portage Island in Bellingham, Tuesday night.

All seven kids had life jackets on but none of the three adults had life jackets available to put on as they were rescued by a boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bellingham.

A watchstander at Station Bellingham received a phone call from a woman aboard the raft at 6:10 p.m., who reported the raft taking on water off of Point Francis on Portage Island. The station immediately launched a boat crew to assist.

“This rescue is a good reminder that life jackets are always essential regardless how safe and harmless an activity seems,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Brazier, chief duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center. “We are grateful that this emergency situation didn’t turn into a tragedy because of not wearing a life jacket.”

No injuries were reported and no medical assistance was needed.

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