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Great Lakes Media Contact: (216) 902-6020

9th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: June 10, 2013

Ninth Coast Guard District

Contact: Ninth Coast Guard District External Affairs Office

Office: (216) 902-6020

Mobile: (216) 310-2608

Michigan Coast Guard station rescues 4 on vessel taking on water in Lake St. Clair

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued four people who were on a boat taking on water in Lake St. Clair Sunday.

The names and hometowns of those rescued are not being released, and there is no Coast Guard imagery.

At 9:48 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit was contacted by the operator of a 29-foot vessel that the boat was taking on water from an unknown source approximately four miles offshore from Beacon Cove Marina in Lake St. Clair. There were two adults and two children onboard.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., responded aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water along with crews on two vessels from the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was requested, but surface assets arrived on scene prior to their launch.

The St. Clair Shores and Macomb County boatcrews arrived on scene, and the four boaters were transferred aboard the SPC-SW and taken to shore.

The source of flooding, determined to be a broken intake hose, was secured.

The vessel was towed to the marina by a commercial salvor.

There are no reports of injury or pollution.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners to thoroughly inspect their vessels every time they get underway. A few minutes spent looking over your boat before leaving the dock could help prevent you from needing Coast Guard or other assistance.

Also, if you haven't had your vessel inspected at all this year, the Coast Guard encourages you to contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary for a free vessel safety check.

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