Coast Guard Rescues Sailboat Crew From Lake Erie

Sunday October 19th, 2014

Posted at 1:09pm

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U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two people from a sailboat stranded on Lake Erie, Saturday evening.

Around 6:30pm, the Coast Guard Marblehead station on Lake Erie received a report from police that a 30-foot sailboat had run aground near Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie with a man and woman aboard.

Police told the Coast Guard that a good Samaritan had tried to assist, but without any success.

The Coast Guard sent a response boat and arrived on scene just after 7pm but crews could only get within 300 yards of the sailboat because of shallow water.

Waves increased to 3 to 5 feet and the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter with an air crew from Air Station Detroit to hoist the people off the sailboat.

Once on scene, the air crew safely hoisted the people and took them to the Erie/Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton, Ohio.

There were no reported injuries.

The owner of the sailboat is working with a salvage company to re-float the sailboat.

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