Coast Guard rescues boaters in Maine

Posted May 01, 2011, at 4:34 p.m.
Last modified May 01, 2011, at 6:03 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard says it came to the rescue of a 55-foot recreational vessel that was taking on water about a mile from the mouth of the Kennebec River in Maine.

A Coast Guard boat and helicopter responded Sunday to a report from the two-person crew on the vessel Phoenix. They issued a distress call reporting their boat was flooding.

The Coast Guard boat arrived on the scene shortly after noon, boarded the Phoenix with a pump and successfully dewatered the vessel. The helicopter, which was diverted from a routine patrol in the area, lowered a second pump at about 12:30 p.m.

There were no reports of injuries, and the cause of the flooding was unknown.

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The Coast Guard escorted the Phoenix to the Boothbay Harbor shipyard.

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