Coast Guard Stations Tawas, Harbor Beach rescue 3 men aboard flooding speedboat

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard boatcrews from Stations Tawas, Mich., and Harbor Beach, Mich., rescued three men after the boat they were aboard reportedly struck an underwater object and began taking on water near Hat Point in Hume, Mich., Sunday evening.

The Port Austin, Mich., men used the 21-foot speedboat’s VHF-FM marine radio to call for help at 6 p.m. following the accident.

Rescue 21, Station Tawas’ advanced search and rescue communications system, immediately picked up the men’s distress call and provided responders with a pinpoint location.

Boatcrews from Station Tawas and Station Harbor Beach launched aboard the stations’ 25-foot Response Boats-Small and headed to the men’s location. The RB-S from Station Tawas arrived on scene first, and the boatcrew brought all three men, who were wearing lifejackets, aboard the RB-S then began dewatering the speedboat.

Once the flooding was under control, the Coast Guardsmen began towing the speedboat toward Port Austin. They met up with the Harbor Beach boatcrew en route and transferred one of the three men aboard Harbor Beach’s RB-S.

All three men and their boat were taken to Port Austin where they declined medical treatment.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to carry VHF-FM marine radios at all times while underway to quickly alert responders if a distress situation arises. Also, in addition to carrying one life jacket per person aboard as required by law, the Coast Guard urges boaters to go one step further and wear life jackets while underway. It is extremely difficult to locate and don a life jacket the moment an accident occurs.

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