Station South Portland crew helps sinking pleasure craft

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine- A Coast Guard rescue crew helped three mariners in distress, today, when their boat started taking on water around 1:30 p.m., near Cape Porpoise, Maine.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a cell phone call from someone onboard the 26-foot, sinking Bayliner and instructed them to put on their life jackets while waiting for rescuers to arrive.

A 25-foot boat crew launched from Coast Guard Station South Portland and arrived on scene at 2:05 p.m., to find the pleasure craft taking on water at a rate of about three gallons per minute.

The Coast Guard boat crew used a dewatering pump along with the boat’s installed bilge pumps to help control the flooding and then towed the boat to safety at Caco Marina.

“The boaters in this case did the right thing by calling for help as soon as they realized they were in danger,” said Lt. Lisa Ceraolo, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

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