Coast Guard rescues four near Michigan City, Indiana

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – A Coast Guard rescue crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Michigan City rescued four people, here, when their vessel ran out of fuel and began taking on water, Monday, at approximately 7 p.m.

No injuries were reported and the sunken vessel was later recovered.

The Coast Guard received a call, from a Good Samaritan, at approximately 6 p.m., reporting a vessel in distress. Station Michigan City dispatched a 25-foot response boat to assist the distressed vessel. Upon arrival, the vessel began to take on water and sank.

All four people were wearing their life jackets.

“The most important thing was that everyone was wearing their life jackets,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class David Smith, a boatswain’s mate at Station Michigan City.

The law states a vessel must have a life jacket for everyone on board. The Coast Guard recommends you go one step further and always wear a life jacket. The time to locate and don a life jacket is not when you are already in distress.

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