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Rescue crews have a busy weekend

Coast Guard units around the country responded to boaters in distress during the last few days.

• The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday aboard a sinking vessel approximately three miles northwest of Block Island, R.I.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a distress call from a 24-foot cabin cruiser at 3:23 p.m. Saturday, reporting the boat had hit something and was taking on water. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Judith in Narragansett, R.I., heard the mayday call on channel 16 and immediately diverted to the scene of the incident.

“Fortunately the Coast Guard crews made it on scene before the vessel fully submerged,” said Lt. Joe Klinker,1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “With the changing seasons, the weather is making conditions more fierce and having the right safety equipment available can save lives.”

The two men were transported back to the station to awaiting medical personnel. No injuries were reported. The boat remains adrift and poses no threat of pollution. Plans to salvage the boat are being coordinated with the owner of the vessel and the Coast Guard.

• On the West Coast, the Coast Guard was still searching Monday morning for a 50-year-old man who was tossed into the water near the north jetty entrance to San Diego, Calif.’s Mission Bay when his 20-foot sailboat was hit by a rogue wave shortly after midnight.

A second person aboard the sailboat when it capsized was able to reach land, officials said.

A Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boat and personnel from the San Diego Fire Department are involved in the search.

• On Lake Erie, two adults and two children who were rescued from their capsized boat early Sunday morning by a good Samaritan.

The Coast Guard said it received a call from a good Samaritan about a boat taking on water in Lake Erie and then witnessing the boat capsize, sending all four people into the water.

The four people, who were all wearing life vests, were rescued from the water by the passing boater and then transferred to the Coast Guard rescue boat that came to the scene.

“The Coast Guard was able to rescue these people because of the quickness of the good Samaritan,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Hovland, coxswain of the SPC-SW. “He did the right thing and called the Coast Guard before he knew they would be capsized.”

“It was also a good thing they had on life jackets, because it is easier to wear one than to put one on during an emergency,” Hovland said.