Coast Guard and fire department crews rescue six on rocks near Cape Porpoise, Maine

CAPE PORPOISE, Maine – U.S. Coast Guard and the Wells and Kennebunkport Fire Department rescue crews respond to a distress call near Cape Porpoise, Aug. 8, 2010.

The operator of a 20-foot motorboat with six passengers called Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor watchstanders and reported their vessel struck a rock near Folly Island and was taking on water at approximately 11 p.m.

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and fire department vessels were unable to reach the vessel due to the water’s depth and rough weather.

Fire department responders used inflatable boats that could safely reach Folly Island. Rescuers waded through waist-deep water to reach the vessel passengers and brought them to shore.

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter hoisted two passengers and transported them to the Portsmouth Memorial Hospital due to minor injuries.

All six passengers are reported to be in stable condition.

“The success of this rescue is a tribute to the seamless coordination with the local fire departments,” said Cmdr. Philip Thorne, Response Department Head at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Their tremendous efforts and innovative response brought these people to safety more efficiently and safely than would have been possible if the Coast Guard had responded alone.”

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