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Coast Guard, Navy avert sinking vessel, saving 3

By PAT ARNEY Staff Writer, (609) 272-7204, E-Mail/Press of Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY - The Coast Guard and the Navy joined forces Tuesday to avert the sinking of a motor vessel, saving the lives of the three people on board.

The Texas, a 90-foot motor vessel, was en route to Haiti from its home port of New Bedford, Mass., when it began taking on water about 11 a.m. about 60 miles northeast of Atlantic City, the Coast Guard said.

The Texas could not control the flooding and radioed the Coast Guard for help.

Coast Guard Group-Air Station Atlantic City launched a rescue helicopter and dispatched the Coast Guard cutter Ibis, an 87-foot patrol boat based in Cape May, to help.

The USS Carney, a Navy vessel on its way to Fleet Week in New York City from its home port in Mayport, Fla., also arrived to help the Texas, the Coast Guard said.

Once on scene, the crew of the rescue helicopter lowered two dewatering pumps to the crew of the Texas, who were then able to control the flooding, the Coast Guard said.

The Ibis was escorting the Texas into Atlantic City, Coast Guard spokesman Patrick Montgomery said. The two vessels were expected to arrive about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Montgomery said he did not know the name of the owner of the Texas and the two other people on board
 
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