Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water near Pensacola, Florida

45-foot Response Boat – Medium (U.S. Coast Guard File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi)

45-foot Response Boat – Medium (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi)

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard assisted a vessel in distress that was taking on water offshore Pensacola, Florida, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a distress call at about 1 a.m from the recreational vessel Liberty Call, which had struck a submerged object and was taking on water, with two passengers and a dog on board.

A Coast Guard Station Pensacola 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew arrived on scene and was able to get the flooding under control. The crew used a portable pump to maintain safe water levels, and towed the vessel to Lost Key Marina.

“The Coast Guard recommends that anyone who believes their vessel is in distress should immediately don life jackets,” said Lt. Cmdr. Corrie Sergent, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Mobile. “When the vessel began taking on water, the people onboard put their lifejackets on. They also had an emergency plan to use their life raft, which would have been key to their survival if the situation worsened.”

Involved in the response:

  • A Coast Guard Station Pensacola 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew
  • A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Ridley boat crew

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