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Stranded boater rescued on Lake Erie

Stranded boater rescued on Lake Erie

(Cleveland) - The Coast Guard rescued a 63-year-old man Sunday in Lake Erie after he had been reported overdue the previous day.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Christopher Yaw says just before 4 a.m., they were notified by the Brownstown, Mich., Police of a possible overdue 16-foot white fishing vessel, with a 63-year-old man aboard.

His wife reported that she had not heard from him since 6:30 a.m. Saturday when he had left to go fishing.

Yaw tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, Sector Detroit directed the launch of a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

A Canadian Coast Guard C-130 was also requested and launched from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario.

At 6:40 a.m., a good Samaritan reported that he came across a person stranded on an overturned boat. It was confirmed that it was the same person the Coast Guard had been searching for.

The man reported that his boat had capsized at about 5 p.m., Saturday during a squall. He was wearing a life jacket.

A second boatcrew from Station Toledo launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit responded aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter.

The RB-M crew safely removed the man from the overturned boat and took him to Meinkes Marina in Anchor Point, Ohio, to meet with emergency medical services.

Yaw reminds boaters to carry emergency communication devices onboard their vessels. A VHF-FM marine radio is the best and easiest way to contact the Coast Guard in an emergency situation.

He says cell phones are good as well, but serve better as a secondary form of communication due to possibilities of coverage gaps. Flares and other emergency signaling devices are important, too.

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