Coast Guard rescues 6 after boat runs aground, begins taking on water

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y., rescued six people after the boat they were aboard ran aground and began taking on water near Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence Seaway Sunday afternoon.

One of the mariners aboard the 22-foot recreational boat used the vessel’s VHF-FM marine radio to notify Coast Guardsmen of the accident at 1:45 p.m.

A boatcrew from Station Alexandria Bay immediately launched aboard the station’s 25-foot Response Boat-Small and was on scene with the vessel in 10 minutes.

The Coast Guardsmen brought the three adults and three children, who were all wearing lifejackets, aboard the RB-S and transported them to Keewaydin Point State Park in Alexandria Bay where they declined medical treatment.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to carry a VHF-FM marine radio at all times while underway to quickly alert first responders if a distress situation arises.

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