The Coast Guard and good Samaritans assisted in rescuing three people from a pleasure craft Monday that was taking on water approximately 25 miles southeast of Ocean City, Md.
The operator of the Last One contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 12:15 p.m. via VHF channel 16 reporting the Last One, a 27-foot vessel, was taking on water after the boat's hull had been damaged by its anchor.
Three crewmembers aboard the LiL Angler II, a 38-foot fishing vessel in the area, responded to the broadcast and diverted to the people in distress. Once on scene at approximately 12:30 p.m., the good Samaritans aboard the LiL Angler II transferred a dewatering pump to the Last One and remained on scene until Coast Guard crews arrived.
“The crew of the good Samaritan boat made this one of the easiest cases I have worked,” said Lt. Joseph Heal, a pilot from Air Station Atlantic City. “They lent their hand pump to the sinking vessel, provided updated position reports, and popped an emergency smoke signal, which allowed us to locate the sinking vessel quickly and provide immediate assistance. If they had not been there, we could have been searching a large area for three people in the water.”