Coast Guard assists 8 people in 3 separate cases in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted 8 people in 3 separate cases, Saturday, along the Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania shores of Lake Erie.

At about 3:30 p.m., a boatcrew, from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor aboard a 45-foot response boat responded to a report of a windsurfer in distress near the Cleveland Harbor entrance. The boat crew located the windsurfer and helped him board the response boat along with his board and brought him to shore. No medical attention was needed.

At about 4:20 p.m., a boatcrew, from Coast Guard Station Erie, Pennsylvania, aboard a 45-foot response boat, responded to a call for help from a boat taking on water in the vicinity of Kite Beach in Presque Isle, Pennsylvania. The station’s Officer-in-Charge also responded on shore and found all six boaters safely ashore with their boat sunk in 5 feet of water about 30 yards offshore. The OinC verified that there was no injuries or medical concerns. No pollution was reported and the boaters will retrieve their boat on Sunday.

At about 6:40 p.m., Saturday, a boatcrew, from Coast Guard Station Fairport, Ohio, aboard a 25-foot response boat, responded to a report of an injured person in the water near Fairport. Upon arriving on scene, the boat crew found the injured person back aboard his personal watercraft and being towed by another personal watercraft. The boat crew stayed alongside the injured person as an escort into the Port Authority Pier, where the injured person was transferred to the care of awaiting emergency medical services.

“The Coast Guard reminds all recreational water enthusiasts to remain vigilant in keeping themselves safe as well as those around them,” said Mike Baron, Coast Guard 9th District recreational boating safety specialist.

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