Coast Guard Assists Sinking Sailboat
July 10, 2014
The Coast Guard responded to a report of a 34′ sailing vessel—the Mary Lynn—that was taking on water near Eatons Neck Point, NY, on Wednesday, July 9.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck heard the call over the radio and responded.
“We were able to respond to their call for assistance quickly,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Swieciki. “During our transit to the Mary Lynn, we ensured that we had everything ready to go on the back deck including the P-6 pump and damage control kit.”
Two Coast Guard crewmembers went aboard the sailing vessel along armed with a dewatering pump and located the cause of the flooding.
“A raw-water cooling hose had come loose,” said Swieciki. “The owner of the sailing vessel secured the engines, which slowed down the flooding. Our crew used the dewatering pump along with the vessel’s installed dewatering system to remove nearly 200 gallons of water.”
Station Eatons Neck boat crew towed the sailing vessel back to its port at Huntington Marina in Huntington.