Coast Guard Rescues Five Near Chincoteague

 Chincoteague, Va. – Five fishermen were rescued after their 25-foot charter fishing vessel, Two Aces, suffered an engine casualty and began taking on water off shore here, today.

Cody Dillman of Quakertown, Penn., Wally and Katie Isenberg of Salford, Penn., and John and Margaret Morton of Chincoteague, were fishing offshore when the vessel began taking on water shortly after 10 a.m.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague, returning from a different search and rescue case, was dispatched to the scene where they assisted in dewatering the vessel and towing it to the Curtis Merritt Harbor in Chincoteague

“I had no problem calling for help. It was comforting to know the Coast Guard had dispatched a boat to help me,” said John Morton, a licensed charter boat captain.

“I’m proud of my crew. Despite being underway for four hours they quickly responded to the situation at hand, providing quick assistance to the boaters,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Gregg Pescuma, coxswain onboard the 47-foot motor lifeboat.

Station Chincoteague Officer in Charge Chief Petty Officer Rick Ball was impressed by the Morton’s dedication to safety on the water.

“The Morton’s provided an extremely thorough safety brief to their passengers before they headed out today. The safety brief explained the location and proper operating instructions of the ships life jackets and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon,” said Ball.

“This case could have quickly turned out differently if it were not for that safety brief and for the quick response time of the 47-foot motor life boat,” said Ball.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to wear their life jackets and know the location of emergency equipment for your vessel before going out on the water.

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