Coast Guard rescues family of 3 from flooded vessel

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A U.S. Coast Guard Station Oswego, N.Y., boatcrew rescued a man, a woman and a 15-year-old boy from a 34-foot pleasure craft taking on water about 17 miles north of Oswego, nearly in the middle of Lake Ontario, at approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Rescued were Mark Donelly, 56, Laura Donelly, 53, and their son Cullan Donelly, 15.

When the Coast Guardsmen arrived on scene in a 47-foot Motor Life Boat, they found the vessel with water up to the floorboards and helped to dewater it.

They then transferred all three people, who were wearing life jackets, safely aboard the motor life boat and began towing the damaged vessel toward Oswego.

None of the three people required medical attention.

The mariners contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM marine radio after the boat began to take on water.

The Coast Guard recommends mariners invest in a VHF-FM radio as their primary means of alerting distress on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities when compared to cellular phones. When a MAYDAY is sent out via VHF-FM radio, it is a broadcast. Not just one party is receiving the distress call; any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Oswego launched during the initial response but returned to the station once the motor life boat arrived on scene. A Canadian Coast Guard Griffon helicopter and C-130 search plane, both from Trenton, Ontario, were prepared to assist as well be never went airborne.

It is unknown what caused the vessel to flood.

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