Coast Guard rescues seven people from boat taking on water

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Joseph rescued seven people from a 30-foot Sea Ray taking on water five miles offshore near the Pierheads Saturday at approximately 2 p.m.

A Station St. Joseph 47-foot motor lifeboat crew (MLB) transferred the charter vessel’s two captains and five passengers on board shortly before the boat sank.

“They pulled in all the lines and went to restart, when they heard a loud bang; their boat began to take on water very rapidly,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class David Perrin, 47-footer coxswain.

The crew transported all seven safely back to shore at the station.

There were no injuries or medical concerns.

All of the charter vessel passengers were wearing life jackets.

Fishing for perch in Lake Michigan, the crew of the Sea Ray detected a disturbance in the engine room, which caused the space to become flooded.

The Coast Gurd recommends all recreational boats must carry one wearable personal floatation device (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).

In addition, the Coast and the Coast Guard Auxiliary advise boaters to have a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) offered by experienced members of the Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons®, two of the nation’s premier volunteer boating safety organizations. A VSC is your best way of learning about problems that might put you in violation of state or federal laws or, worse, create danger for you or your passengers on the water.

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