The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two occupants of a boat that started taking on water near Montauk Point on Saturday.
The Coast Guard and East Hampton Town Marine Patrol responded to a report of a fishing boat, the “Casa del Mar” rapidly taking on water in its engine room.
A 47-foot Coast Guard launch pulled up alongside the stricken vessel and took the two boaters aboard. Two Coast Guard crewmen then boarded the “Casa del Mar” to pump out some of the water and try to determine the source of the flooding before towing it back to safe harbor.
“Our unit conducts drills simulating vessels taking on water, which helps to prepare us for a situation like this,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ismael Velasquez, the 47-foot motor lifeboat operator, who oversaw the dewatering operations of the vessel. “The boat crew’s response was exactly how we do it in training. They brought the dewatering pump and damage control kit onboard and were able rapidly dewater the engine room that had nearly three feet of water in it and save the vessel.”
The stricken boat was towed back to Montauk Harbor to be hauled out and repaired. The Coast Guard officials could not comment on the source of flooding because the case has been closed.