Coast Guard responds to vessel taking on water

BOSTON -A Coast Guard rescue crew responded to a 37-foot pleasure craft taking on water about two miles off Montauk Point, Montauk, N.Y., at 12:45 p.m. today.

Coast Guard Station Block Island, R.I., received a distress call on VHF/FM Channel 16 from the crew of the Sea Struck stating that they were taking on water and had lost the shaft in the engine room.

Station Block Island launched a 27-foot response boat after the Sea Struck’s bilge pump stopped functioning. The Block Island boat crew arrived on scene at 1:30 p.m. and transferred over two crewmembers and a pump to stabilize the situation.

Coast Guard Station Montauk launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and arrived on scene at 1:40 p.m. and took the boat in tow to Lake Montauk on Montauk Island.

“We are only open for a few months out of the year,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Borzilleri, officer of the day at Station Block Island. “However, we are able to give the extra effort needed during the warmer months, in order to save lives.”

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