Coast Guard assists two in disabled vessel during bad weather on Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted two recreational boaters on Lake Erie after their vessel became disabled, Friday night, about one mile from Geneva on the Lake, Ohio.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the watchstander at Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, received a phone call from a local boat towing company reporting the two aboard the disabled vessel. Due to the weather and seas the towing company was unable to assist the people. Winds were blowing 30 to 35 miles per hour and there were waves being reported as more than five feet high.

A Coast Guard boat crew launched from the station aboard a 25-foot response boat and arrived on scene within minutes.

The people aboard the vessel were able to make way under sail power, but were unable to maneuver the boat once they entered Ashtabula harbor. The rescue boat team took the vessel in side-tow to and moored it safely in the harbor.

The cause of the vessel’s disability is unknown.

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