Buffalo Coast Guard medically assists mariner on Lake Erie

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted a man on Lake Erie, Sunday, when it was reported he was suffering from heat stroke.

At 10:52 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., received a report over VHF-FM Channel 16 from a man aboard a 37-foot boat stating that he was suffering from heat stroke.

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Buffalo, aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, was already underway, heard the call and diverted to the scene.

Upon arriving on scene, the crew assessed the man’s situation. It was determined that he was suffering from a panic attack and was unable to safely operate his vessel.

The boatcrew towed the vessel to the NFTA-Boat Harbor in Buffalo, where the man was assessed by local emergency medical service.

The man’s condition is unknown at this time.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners to be prepared when they get underway. Wearing sunscreen and staying properly hydrated during warm sunny days can become just as important as other safety equipment.

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