Coast Guard rescues 10 after raft begins taking on water off Portage Island

uscg bellingham SAR rescue of raft taking on h2o off pt francis 2017-08-08
US Coast Guard Station Bellingham search and rescue crew respond to a raft sinking off Portage Island (August 8, 2017). Photo: US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard rescued 7 kids and 3 adults after their inflatable raft started taking on water in the vicinity of Portage Island Tuesday night.

The Coast Guard reported a watchstander at Station Bellingham received a phone call from a woman aboard the raft at 6:10pm, who said the raft was taking on water off of Point Francis at the south end of Portage Island. The station immediately launched a boat crew to assist.

According to a news release from US Coast Guard, all 7 kids had life jackets on but none were available to the 3 adults as they were rescued by a boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bellingham.

“This rescue is a good reminder that life jackets are always essential regardless how safe and harmless an activity seems,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Brazier, chief duty officer, Sector Puget Sound command center. “We are grateful that this emergency situation didn’t turn into a tragedy because of not wearing a life jacket.”

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No injuries were reported and no medical assistance was needed.