Coast Guard Station Marblehead assists stranded boater in Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted a man whose boat was taking on water near Buckeye Reef in Lake Erie, Monday evening.

Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, received a call from a good Samaritan notifying them of a stranded boater whose vessel was taking on water north of Put-in-Bay.

A boat crew from Station Marblehead, conducting a routine patrol, responded aboard a 45-foot response boat to assist the boater.

The crew assisted in dewatering the boat and towed it safely to Put-In-Bay where it was removed from the water.

“If it wasn’t for the good Samaritan in this incident, the outcome could have been far worse,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Janowiec, Station Marblehead operations petty officer. “This highlights the importance of having effective means of communication while out on the water, which includes not only a cell phone, but also a VHF/FM radio.

Additionally, all boaters should file a float plan prior to getting underway, and ensure proper emergency equipment aboard the boat is in working condition in order to alert other mariners in the event of distress.”

The Coast Guard also urges all boaters to get a free vessel safety check. A great resource is the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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