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Coast Guard, Good Samaritan rescue 10 from sinking boat in Grand Traverse Bay

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Posted at 9:56 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 21:56:27-04

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Good Samaritan helped the U.S. Coast Guard rescue 10 people from Grand Traverse Bay Friday after their boat began to sink just before 2:30 p.m.

During the rescue the 30' boat began to take on water faster, completely sinking into about 250' of water and forcing everyone into the water.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer help the people between the sinking boat and the Good Samaritan's boat.

“As the boating season begins, it is important to ensure your vessel is ready to safely get underway,” said Commander Amy Florentino, Deputy Sector Commander. “Conduct a check of your boat, make sure you have the proper safety gear including life jackets, and ensure you have an operable VHF radio. In this case, the mariner was able to use a VHF radio to communicate to us that they needed help, which allowed the Coast Guard and other boaters to get on scene quickly.”