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VIDEO: Escorted to safety

Here’s a video that offers a different perspective on a typical day on the job for the Coast Guard. We see crewmembers responding to an emergency from the coxswain’s point of view.

On July 2, watchstanders in Baltimore received a VHF radio report about 7 p.m. from a crewmember aboard a 44-foot sailboat who said the boat was taking on water.

When rescuers arrived, the distressed vessel was motoring to shore to slow the water intake, which had the boat’s bow riding precariously low in the water.

Two Coast Guard crewmembers boarded the sailboat, bringing a pump to assist in dewatering efforts. Others aboard the rescue boat escorted the sailboat to Selby Bay Yacht Basin in nearby Edgewater, Maryland, where it was moored.

No injuries were reported and there was no word on the cause of the leak.



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