Crew members from Coast Guard Station Seattle and a rescue swimmer from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., assist two people aboard a 46-foot pleasure craft taking on water in Saratoga Passage near Whidbey Island, Wash., Oct. 15, 2013. The boat was successfully dewatered and towed in to Everett Marina. U.S. Coast Guard. photo by Lt. Cmdr. Scott Sanborn
The Coast Guard assisted two people aboard a 46-foot pleasure craft taking on water in Saratoga Passage near Whidbey Island, Wash., Tuesday.
The boat was successfully dewatered and towed to Everett Marina and there were no injuries reported.
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a mayday call on VHF channel 16 from the 46-foot pleasure craft Estralita at approximately 4:45 p.m.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle.
Dolphin crewmembers lowered a rescue swimmer to assist the crewmembers of the RB-M in dewatering the boat.
“The quick response from the Air Station Port Angeles, Station Seattle and the Joint Harbor Operations Center was instrumental in the success of this evolution,” said Tyler Manuel, a search and rescue coordinator who works at the JHOC at Sector Puget Sound. “The rescue swimmer was able to give an accurate assessment of the situation which helped the crewmembers from Station Seattle turn a potentially difficult tow into a very successful and safe one.”