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Coast Guard rescues 2 children, 2 adults from sinking boat in Merrimack River

June 24, 2015

BOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two children and two adults from a flooding boat Wednesday in Merrimack River.

A good Samaritan aboard a nearby vessel spotted the distressed boaters and hailed the Coast Guard using a VHF radio. A 29-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Merrimack River launched, arrived on scene, and took the two children aboard the response boat. The crew members then passed a suction hose for a dewatering pump to the adults, who started dewatering the boat. “As soon as we arrived, our priority was getting the children on our boat,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ruben Colon, the response boat’s coxswain. “It was great to see both children wearing life jackets, and we asked the adults to put theirs on as well.”

He said the crew worked with the two adults to quickly dewater the boat, rig a tow line, and bring them safely to the boat ramp at Cashman Park in Newburyport. There were no reported injuries. The cause of the flooding is unknown.

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