USCG Assists Eight after Vessel Capsizes

A US Coast Guard boatcrew and good Samaritan rescued seven adults, one child and a dog after their boat capsized in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island, Washington, Sunday.

 

The eight people and their dog were transferred to awaiting EMS with no reported injuries.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a mayday call at 7:52 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 from a good Samaritan aboard a skiff reporting people in the water calling for help.

The good Samaritan was able to recover three of the people in the water. The other five people clung to the side of his vessel.The 4-year-old child was reportedly the only passenger from the capsized boat wearing his lifejacket.

The survivors reported that their 12-foot skiff had capsized and they had been floating in the water for at least 20 minutes before being discovered by the good Samaritan.

A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle arrived on scene around 8:15 p.m. and recovered all of the people and the dog and transferred them to Bainbridge Island. The RB-M crew towed the capsized vessel to Eagle Harbor.

Press Release, September 01, 2014; Image: USCG

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