Coast Guard rescues boaters aboard sinking boat

ABERDEEN, Md. - The United States Coast Guard came to the rescue for two people aboard a sinking boat east of Aberdeen Tuesday.

The Baltimore Coast Guard said a crew member on a 36-foot boat called the command center around 8 a.m. and said that his boat had struck a submerged log and began taking on water.

A crew on a 25-foot response boat arrived on the scene at approximately 8:30 a.m. and helped dewater the boat, plugged the hole, and towed the vessel to Havre De Grace.

"When we arrived on scene, the owner was trying to keep up with the flooding by bailing water with a bucket and using the bilge pumps to no avail," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Crane, the coxswain aboard the rescue boat. "I was glad to see the boaters both had their life jackets on. By having a marine radio and life jackets, a bad situation was kept from being an even worse one."

The Coast Guard said both boaters were uninjured.

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