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Coast Guard rescues two people from Southwest Harbor waters

The Coast Guard rescued two people from the water after their 30 foot pleasure craft ran aground off of Seawall Point at 11 a.m. Crew members from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor responded using a 25- foot response boat. Due to shallow water surrounding the shoal where the boat grounded, the responders where unable to safely disembark the passengers from Upon seeing the Coast Guard, the operator of the vessel attempted to row a small tender boat to the Coast Guard rescue boat. Shortly after, the 86 year-old operator and his wife fell overboard without lifejackets. Both were immediately rescued by a Coast Guard surface swimmer deployed from the small boat. “It was a really unique situation and it happened so fast,” said Petty Officer Calvin Legge, the surface rescue swimmer. “Before we knew it, their row boat overturned and both people were struggling in the water. We made an immediate decision to send me in to save them.” “The actions of our boat crew were truly heroic,” said Cmdr. Jamie Frederick, Chief of Response, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Both of the survivors were in the water without lifejackets – making a dangerous situation much worse. The boat crew’s quick thinking resulted in two lives saved.” In addition to the Coast Guard, the town Harbormaster, and a good samaritan The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation until the vessel is refloated at high tide this evening. There are no pollution concerns at this time.