Coast Guard rescues man from sinking boat in Saginaw Bay

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued a man off of a sinking boat in Saginaw Bay Monday after attempts to dewater the boat were unsuccessful.

At 9:40 a.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich., was contacted by a good Samaritan with a report of a man aboard an 18-foot boat sinking in the Saginaw Bay while it was being towed by another boat.

The caller was concerned that both boats might sink.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium launched from Station Saginaw River. Once scene, a member of the RB-M crew boarded the sinking boat with a portable dewatering pump and attempted to dewater the boat.

The man said his boat began taking on water and his bilge pumps kept turning off, so he had a friend attempt to tow it to safety but could not keep up with the flooding. The man was transferred onto the RB-M.

Once the dewatering pump appeared to control the rate of flooding, the RB-M crew took the boat in tow and began making way to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources boat ramp.

Twenty minutes into the tow, the 18-foot boat began taking on more water than could be maintained by the pump, and the rescue boatcrew had to cut it loose. The boater was transferred aboard his friend’s boat.

A commercial salvor arrived on scene and pulled the boat from the bay and transported it to shore.

The bow of a sunken 18-foot Boston Whaler sticks out of the water after sinking in Saginaw Bay, Aug. 5, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Saginaw River

The bow of a sunken 18-foot Boston Whaler sticks out of the water after sinking in Saginaw Bay, Aug. 5, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Saginaw River

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  1. Justin Scott says:

    That is not a Boston Whaler its a center console knockoff.