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Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 8 people from capsized vessel
The Coast Guard and good a Samaritan rescued seven adults, one child and a dog after their boat capsized in Eagle Harbor near Bainbridge Island late Sunday, according to the Coast Guard.
The eight people and their dog were transferred to awaiting EMS with no reported injuries.
The Coast Guard station in Seattle received a mayday call at 7:52 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 from a good Samaritan aboard a skiff who reported people in the water calling for help.
The good Samaritan was able to recover three of the people in the water, Coast Guard officials said. The other five people clung to the side of his vessel.
Officials said the 4-year-old child was reportedly the only passenger from the capsized boat wearing his lifejacket.
The survivors reported that their 12-foot skiff had capsized and they had been floating in the water for at least 20 minutes before being discovered by the good Samaritan.
A Coast Guard crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Seattle arrived on scene around 8:15 p.m. and recovered all of the people and the dog and transferred them to Bainbridge Island.
The crew then towed the capsized vessel to Eagle Harbor.
“The preparedness and response of the good Samaritan was exceptional," said Mike Allen, search and rescue coordinator at Sector Puget Sound. "He immediately put out a mayday call to let us and everyone in the area know of the people in distress. Had he not come upon them, the current could have carried them out farther and the situation could have have become much worse."