2 Rescued in Folding Boat off Montauk, NY

The Coast Guard rescued of 2 boaters who were taking on water and drifting out to sea on April 29 off Montauk Point, NY.

According to a Coast Guard release, at approximately 3:30 p.m., watchstanders at Sector Long Island Sound received a distress call on channel 16 from an individual aboard a 10’ foldable boat stating that they were taking on water and beginning to drift away from shore.

The foldable boat was equipped with a small trolling motor, but it was it was unable to keep up with the current.

The command center issued a Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a rescue crew from Station Montauk aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat around 3:40 p.m., the Coast Guard said. A Good Samaritan aboard another vessel heard the UMIB and was able to find the boat in distress and hand the individuals a bucket to help dewater the boat.

“The Coast Guard would like to remind all boaters to be ready for any emergency before heading out on the water, including a means of communication. The rescued boaters were able to call for help and were ultimately rescued because of their call for help on the international hailing and distress channel, channel 16, using a portable, marine-band radio,” the Coast Guard said in the release.