Coast Guard rescues two from sinking boat near Crisfield

Two men were rescued from a fishing boat in Ape Hole Creek near Crisfield on Wednesday after the boat began taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The father of a man onboard the fishing boat, the Carolyn Jeanne, alerted crew members at Coast Guard Station Crisfield that the boat was sinking about 2:15 p.m., after his son called him, the Coast Guard said.

The a 25-foot Coast Guard boat located the 41-foot Carolyn Jeanne near the Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area about 15 minutes later and quickly made contact with the two men on board.

"The crew aboard the fishing vessel said they had re-routed their raw water intake to aid in dewatering their engine room," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Hupp, coxswain on the Coast Guard rescue boat. "Unfortunately, their engine was beginning to overheat, they were still taking on water when transiting and they were in danger of running aground."

Two Coast Guard members boarded the fishing boat with a pump to aid in dewatering the boat, including its engine room, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard boat then towed the Carolyn Jeanne back to Crisfield, the Coast Guard said.

The men on the Carolyn Jeanne were not identified. No injuries were reported.

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