Coast Guard rescues two from boat taking on water

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat Medium RB-M

USCG file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men from a 46-foot fishing vessel, Friday, after their vessel ran aground and began taking on water two miles south of Cape San Blas, Fla., east of Panama City, Fla.

Rescued were: Hung Ho and Hien Ban Lao.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., watchstanders received a mayday call from two fishermen aboard the Lady Jean, Friday, at approximately 4 a.m., stating that their vessel was taking on water.

A Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., launch and arrived on scene at 5:50 a.m., to search for the fishermen. A 45-foot response boat (RB-M) and crew from Coast Guard Station Panama City launched and arrived on scene, approximately 7 a.m., located the fishermen and returned them safely to shore.

“The aircraft crew dropped a pump down for them to dewater; we were able to get a position for the station to locate them from the distress call on VHF,” said Petty Officer 1st Class David Leadbetter, a search and rescue controller for Sector Mobile.

The men had no medical concerns.

The Coast Guard recommends mariners have a VHF-FM marine-band radio on board their vessel. Marine-band radios are more reliable then cell phones while on the water, since cell phones have limited battery life and gaps in coverage.

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