BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Coast Guard station in Boothbay Harbor assisted a pleasure boat operator who reported his 22-foot boat was taking on water off Squirrel Island late Wednesday afternoon.

Kenneth Stuart, a command duty officer for the Coast Guard, said the crew of a 25-foot Coast Guard boat arrived within 10 minutes after receiving the distress call around 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard crew and another boater, who was in the area, were able to help the pleasure boat operator stabilize the boat and prevent it from sinking.

Stuart said the pleasure boat will be towed to a marina on Squirrel Island – the island is located off the Lincoln County town of Southport near the entrance to Boothbay Harbor – where it will be repaired.