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Aug 27, 2018 10:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Seven Rescued From Sinking Boat Off Montauk On Sunday

Seven people were rescued from a sinking vessel off Montauk Point on Sunday morning by a Good Samaritan and the US Coast  Guard.  COURTESY US COAST GUARD
Sep 3, 2018 5:51 AM

Seven people were rescued from a sinking vessel by a Good Samaritan boater who happened to be in the area off Montauk Point on Sunday at 10:35 a.m., according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Facebook page.

The U.S. Coast Guard station in Montauk received a call over VHF of a vessel taking on water in the vicinity of Montauk Point. The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat at 10:40 a.m., and arrived at the scene to find the vessel mostly underwater, with its occupants being helped off the sinking vessel and onto the other private vessel. The seven people then were transferred onto the Coast Guard boat, whose crew members also picked up debris that had floated off the sunken vessel.

The Coast Guard noted the importance of having working bilge pumps in its Facebook post. Officials said they had no further information, and the Facebook page said further investigation would be possible once the boat is "refloated."

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The last sentence: "The Coast Guard noted the importance of having working bilge pumps in its Facebook post."

Would we be correct in inferring that the electric bilge pump(s) did not work, and that there were no back-up hand-operated bilge pumps on board? Seven scared hand-bailers could have kept that bucket afloat!

No buckets?

Did the CG issue a citation? Could someone please check FB.

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By Nero (257), Sag Harbor on Aug 27, 18 2:36 PM
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