Coast Guard rescues three people in Lake Tahoe

Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe crew members participate in two-boat training, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The crew maintains and operates two 25-foot rapid response boats and conducts search and rescue, law enforcement and national defense missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Eng.SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard rescued three people in Lake Tahoe, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

A distress call was received shortly after 3 p.m. reporting that the 25-foot vessel JUST ENOUGH was taking on water near the California And Nevada border of the south shore.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County Sheriffs Department responded to the scene.  When the vessel’s operator secured the engine, the vessel stopped taking on water.  Station Lake Tahoe embarked the three adults from the boat and a good samaritan, SUNDANCE, helped tow the disabled JUST ENOUGH to the Tahoe Key Marina at 4:45 p.m.  There were no reported injuries.

This rescue illustrates the vital importance of safety equipment for all seasoned and recreational boaters. The Coast Guard recommends the use of a registered EPIRB, PPIRB, fully functioning marine band radio and proper use of life jackets.

“We highly advise all boaters to wear life jackets and always have an effective way to communicate with response agencies,” said Chief Petty Officer Dan Polhemus, officer in charge of Station Lake Tahoe. “While boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, VHF-FM radios are the most reliable form of communication.”

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