Coast Guard rescues five after boat allides with Milwaukee breakwall

MILWAUKEE – U.S. Coast Guard Station Milwaukee rescued five people from a 26-foot pleasure craft after it allided with the Milwaukee breakwall south of the north gap Sunday at approximately 10:45 p.m.

“They were heading south to north when they hit the wall going about 20 miles per hour,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Chirstopher Rohrbaugh. “It’s really hard to see.”

Rohrbaugh and his 45-foot response boat-medium (RB-M) crew arrived on scene minutes after the allision and brought on board one male and three females clinging to the 26-footer’s bow.

The station and the Milwaukee Police Department assisted another person in the water unconscious approximately 10 feet away from the boat.

Emergency Medical Services at McKinley Marina transported one male to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran and one male and three females to St. Mary’s Hospital.

All five were not wearing life jackets and sustained various injuries.

The Coast Guard requires all recreational boats to carry one wearable PFD (Type I, II, III or Type V PFD) for each person aboard. Any boat 16ft and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable PFD (Type IV PFD).

The law states you must have a PFD on board, but the Coast Guard recommends you wear your PFD at all times when boating. It is much more difficult to locate, access or don a PFD at the moment the accident occurs.

The Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary advise all boaters to take a boating safety course. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the weather, and from a “Water ‘N Kids” class to courses for boaters who want to learn electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally have from 6 to 13 lessons to provide a foundation of operational and safety instruction.

Boaters can learn about boating safety courses in their state, but going to

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