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Coast Guard reiterates importance of VHF Channel 16 in times of distress. 

(July 5, 2019) Rescue operations from Coast Guard Station Ocean City helped a party of three aboard a vessel that took on water after it crashed into rocks in the Ocean City Inlet last Friday. 

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. when the 24-foot vessel suffered hull damage and began taking on water after hitting the stone jetty.  

A witness used the VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 to notify the Coast Guard about the incident at 2:10 p.m. 

“Channel 16 is a critical lifeline between boaters in distress and the Coast Guard,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Zackary Schultz said in a press release. “Having a reliable communications device like a VHF marine radio can save your life when you need assistance.” 

A Maryland Natural Resources Police crew was assisting the distressed vessel by the time the Coast Guard crew arrived  on the scene.

The Station Ocean City crew took over the tow, began pumping out water and towed the boat and crew to Sunset Marina.

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