Coast Guard crew rescues 6 near Indian River, Del.

INDIAN RIVER, Del. – The Coast Guard rescued six people Tuesday after their 23-foot boat lost engine power and ran aground near Indian River, Del.

The Coast Guard received a call at 2:33 p.m. over VHF radio from a crew member aboard the boat reporting they were outside the Indian River Inlet and aground on the jetty.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Indian River arrived on scene and took the boat and its crew in tow and moored them safely at North Shore Marina in Indian River Inlet.

No injuries were reported.

“VHF radio is the best method of communication while on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Victor Vallin, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia. “Although cell phones are a good backup, they can be unreliable due to gaps in coverage areas.”

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