Family of Five Saved From Sinking Boat

LUDINGTON, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard saved a family off of a sinking boat Today at approximately 5:50 p.m. on Friday.

Coast Guard Station Ludington received a distress call at 5:33 p.m. from a 28 ft. recreational vessel taking on water.

Station Ludington got underway in their 30 ft. Utility Boat headed for the sinking boat 8 miles due west of the Ludington Pier Heads. Immediatly after arriving they transferred the five people on board.

On board was a 15-year-old boy, 12-year-old girl, their mother and father, and an older gentlemen.

Two Coast Guard crewmembers got on the sinking boat and tried to save it using a de-watering pump. Their attempts were unsuccesful and the vessel sank and the two crewmembers had to be pulled out of the water.

The reason for the flooding was unknown, and the vessel will not be salvaged due to the depth of the water where it sank (approximately 350 ft.)

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