Coast Guard assists 5 aboard vessel taking on water in northern Lake Michigan

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted five recreational boaters on northern Lake Michigan after their vessel began taking on water Thursday afternoon about one mile south of the Frankfort, Michigan, breakwall.

Shortly after noon, the watchstander at Coast Guard Station Frankfort, Michigan, received a phone call from a person aboard a 21-foot pleasure craft with four other people aboard stating they were taking on water.

A boatcrew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Station Frankfort was diverted from a patrol and arrived on scene within minutes. They brought four of the five people aboard their boat, passed a dewatering pump to the person remaining on the other vessel in order to assist with the flooding, and then towed the vessel to Frankfort boat launch.

The cause of the flooding is unknown.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters of the importance of having a working communication device, such as a cell phone or a VHF-FM marine radio. A VHF-FM marine radio is the best way to contact the Coast Guard in case of an emergency. Cell phones should be used as a backup because of coverage gaps, battery life and because most are not suited to work in a marine environment like a marine radio. Most marine radios will continue to work while wet or submerged.

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