Coast Guard rescues 7 from vessel taking on water near Arlington Memorial Bridge

29 WashingtonBALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued seven people Sunday in the Potomac River near the Arlington Memorial Bridge.

Coast Guard Sector Maryland–National Capital Region watchstanders received a notification via VHF-Channel 16 at approximately 1:00 p.m. that a 30-foot boat with seven people aboard was taking on water.

Coast Guard Station Washington launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew to assist.

“We put two crewmembers aboard when we got on scene,” said Petty Officer Christopher Page, the coxswain aboard the RB-S. “The owner was concerned because he couldn’t find the source of the water, and they had also lost one engine. We decided to take them on side-tow when we realized their anchor wasn’t holding, and they were quickly drifting to shoal water.”

No injuries were reported.

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