Coast Guard Assists Mariners Taking On Water

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard rescue crew from Station Hobucken, N.C., assisted a father and son near the Fairfield Swingbridge after their 32-foot pleasure craft began taking on water this afternoon.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina were notified by the Wasabe stating that they were taking on water through a loose shaft seal, but that the bilge pumps onboard were able to keep up with the flooding.

When the rescue crew arrived on scene, they sent their boat engineer Petty Officer Third Class Ryan Mills, a machinery technician, onboard the Wasabe where he tightened the shaft and stopped the leakage.

The boat was then able to sail to Alligator Marina under its own power.

“We deployed for a report of a vessel taking on water. When we arrived on scene, I went onboard the vessel and while inspecting the bilges I located the source of the leak, which was a loose screw in the shaft seal. I tightened the screw, made sure that the flooding had stopped, and returned to the station,” said Mills.

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