Coast Guard rescues four from sinking houseboat

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a sinking houseboat in the Magothy River in Annapolis, Md. today.

Rescued were Mark Hirsh, 46 of Spring Grove, Pa., William Kuchta Sr., 60 of Baltimore, William Kuchta Jr., 32 of Joppa, Md. and Tonya Rose, 31 of Joppa, Md.

The Coast Guard received a call at 9:30 a.m. reporting a 41-foot houseboat taking on water.

A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis arrived on scene and rescued the four people aboard the houseboat.

There are no injuries and the cause of boat taking on water was due to waves coming over the flat bow. The owner of the vessel is working with Tow Boat U.S. to salvage the vessel. All four people aboard were wearing life jackets.

“Be aware of the weather and know what your vessel is capable of sailing through,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Kernan, a member of Coast Guard Station Annapolis.

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