Coast Guard responds to distressed boaters off Ocean City, MD

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard units responded Saturday to a vessel that sank 46 miles east of Ocean City, Md.

A 38-foot vessel with nine people aboard called Coast Guard watchstanders via VHF-FM radio at approximately 10:30 a.m., stating that they where taking on water.

A C-130 Hercules air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., were in the area assisting with an another disabled vessel when the request for help was received.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., the 38-foot vessel sank. The Coast Guard coordinated the pick-up of all nine people with two good Samaritan vessels in the area. Multiple people where showing signs of medical distress.

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Ocean City, Md., took all nine people aboard and transported them back to the station to waiting emergency medical services.

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