Coast Guard rescues three near Tawas, Mich.

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard Station Tawas rescued three men near Tawas, Mich. after their vessel began taking on water and sank at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Station Tawas received a distress call relayed from a good samaritan vessel on VHF channel 16 at approximately 3:30 p.m. The station’s 47-foot motor lifeboat was dispatched to the scene, where the three men were clinging to the partially submerged vessel.

All three were wearing life jackets.

The boat crew picked up the men and brought them to shore. No injuries were reported.

“Having a marine-band radio onboard is what enabled us to get on scene quickly and help those people”, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Kaltz, the communications watchstander who received the distress call at Station Tawas, “without that, we would have never known they were in trouble.”

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to wear a life jacket at all times when on the water, and to always have a means of communication onboard your vessel. VHF channel 16 is the international hailing and distress frequency, and is constantly monitored by the Coast Guard.

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