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Five rescued from boat off Indian River Inlet

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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The Coast Guard rescued five people July 6 from a boat taking on water east of the Indian River Inlet. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a distress call at about 11:25 a.m. via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from boaters aboard a 20-foot recreational boat, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joscelyn Greenwell, officer of the day. The boat was taking on water about seven miles east of Indian River, she said. Watchstanders dispatched a 25-foot response boat with a small crew, a 47-foot motor life boat crew and an MH-65 dolphin helicopter air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City to respond to the five boaters. Indian River Inlet boat crews arrived on scene at about 11:40 a.m. and transferred all five people to a rescue boat. Another boat towed the vessel into South Shore Marina where the boat was trailered, Greenwell said. "They were all wearing life jackets and had a VHF radio aboard, which helped us identify exactly where they were, so we could maintain communication with them until help arrived," she said. "The man remained calm while he was talking to us on the radio, and that helped our watchstander to correctly gather the information we needed so we could get them help as quickly as possible." No injuries were reported.

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Original Publication Date: July 8, 2016

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