KENNEBUNKPORT — All three people aboard a pleasure boat that was sinking off Cape Porpoise were rescued this afternoon by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Petty Officer Etta Smith said the Coast Guard station in South Portland received a distress call around 1:30 p.m. The cell phone caller reported that a 26-foot Bayliner in which he was riding was taking on water.

The three people aboard the vessel were told to put their life jackets on until a rescue boat could arrive. A Coast Guard crew from the South Portland base arrived shortly after 2 p.m.

Smith said the boat was taking on water at the rate of about three gallons per minute. The Coast Guard crew used a dewatering pump along with the boat’s bilge pumps to control the flooding.

The boat was towed safely to a local marina. No injuries were reported.

“The boaters in this case did the right thing by calling for help as soon as they realized they were in danger,” said Lt. Lisa Ceraolo, command duty officer for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.


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