Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking boat

BALTIMORE – A Coast Guard rescue crew rescued two men from a sinking boat in the Potomac River Sunday.

Rescued were Lonnie Bellamy, from Triangle, Va., and Keith Jones, from Woodbridge, Va.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., received a call via marine-band radio at about 6:00 p.m. from Bellamy reporting that the 25-foot pleasure craft he was on was taking on water near Ronald Regan International Airport in the Potomac River. A rescue boatcrew deployed their 25-foot response boat to the scene. A D.C. Fire Boat crew and a D.C. Metro Police Department boatcrew were also deployed. Upon arriving, the crew of the D.C. Police boat took the sinking vessel into a side tow and brought it into deeper waters so that both the Coast Guard crew and the D.C. Fire Boat crew could use pumps to dewater the boat. Once the vessel was dewatered, the vessel was towed to Captial Cove Marina, at Bolling AFB, where it was pulled from the water on a trailer that the marina supplied.

“This is a perfect example of the great relationship that the Coast Guard shares with its local partners,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Ciuca, public affairs officer for Station Washington. “It’s because of this relationship that we are able to quickly and effectively organize a successful rescue that ends with lives saved.”

Both Bellamy and Jones were wearing their life jackets when rescuers arrived.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to wear their life jackets at all times while on the water. In an emergency there may not be enough time to put one on, so wearing one at all times may save your life.

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