Coast Guard assists good Samaritan who rescued 2 on Saginaw River

CLEVELAND – Coast Guard crews assisted 5 people Tuesday afternoon after a good Samaritan, whose boat subsequently became disabled, rescued two people from the Saginaw River.

At 8 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Michigan, received notification from 911 emergency dispatch about two people clinging to a capsized 21-foot boat in the Saginaw River near the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

A rescue boat crew aboard a 24-foot response boat launched from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River.

Before the Coast Guard crew arrived on scene, the two people were rescued by a good Samaritan with two other people aboard his boat. The gentleman’s boat subsequently became disabled after the vessel’s battery died.

The Coast Guard crew transferred all five people from the good Samaritan’s boat and then towed it to the Veterans Memorial Bridge boat ramp. While transferring the people aboard the Coast Guard boat, the capsized boat sank, but was salvaged later in the night by the owner.

“This was a team rescue effort and we are always willing to help out our fellow first responders,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andy Burns, the officer-of-the-day at the station. “The safety of those who recreate on the Great Lakes and rivers is our number one mission and when we work together, we can accomplish that mission.”

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