Coast Guard assists 2 people on boat taking on water in Lake Erie

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard rescue boatcrew assisted two people in Lake Erie after the boat they were on started taking on water Monday evening.

At 11:27 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., received a report that a 20-foot recreational vessel with two people onboard was taking on water near the Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Buffalo launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small to assist.

Once on scene, the RB-S crew began dewatering the vessel while they placed it in side-tow and transferred the boaters and their vessel to the Erie Basin Marina.

The owner was able to remove the boat from the water and secure it to his trailer.

The cause of the flooding is unknown at this time.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to thoroughly inspect their boat inside and out prior to getting underway to ensure the boat and its equipment work properly.

Also, the Coast Guard wants boaters to be aware that water temperatures in Lake Erie are still cold enough to cause hypothermia. Current water temperatures for Lake Erie are available by clicking here.

Click here for more information on boating safety.

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