Coast Guard Rescues 6 People From Sinking Sailboat

New York – Six people were rescued after their 44 -foot sail boat began taking on water 20 miles south of Shinnecock, N.Y., at 2 p.m. today.

The crew of Making Waves contacted Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound via marine band radio and activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at approximately 12:20 p.m. when their vessel began rapidly filling with water.

A Coast Guard Station Shinnecock 47-foot Motor Life Boat (MLB) with a rescue crew was dispatched immediately.

The rescue crew transferred all six people safely aboard the MLB and dewatered the vessel.

The MLB is currently towing Making Waves back to Station Shinnecock.

All Making Waves crewmembers were wearing life jackets. Making Waves also had a life raft, EPIRB, cellular phones and radios on board in case of emergency.

“The Making Waves crew was well prepared,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Durso, search and rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “They had their life raft and multiple means of communication on the boat. It made our jobs a lot easier.”

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