Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters from vessel near Pittsburgh

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard / Station Pittsburgh

On Saturday, May 5, the Coast Guard rescued two boaters after their vessel started taking on water near Pittsburgh. The distress call came in at 4:55 p.m. on VHF-FM channel 13 from the two boaters aboard a 50-foot vessel, informing the Coast Guard Station Pittsburgh 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew that they had struck a submerged object and were experiencing water ingress.

The boat crew swiftly changed course to assist upon receiving the distress call. They also informed the watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley, who took on the role of coordinating the search and rescue mission.

The boat crew arrived at the scene and tried to remove the water from the vessel using onboard pumps. However, upon inspecting the extent of the damage, they determined that the boat was beyond repair.

In a successful operation, the boat crew safely evacuated the two boaters and transferred them to Sharpsburg Islands Marina in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania. As of the latest report, the boaters were in stable condition.

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