Coast Guard credits fisherman for having proper emergency equipment following rescue on Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued a fisherman from western Lake Erie after he launched an emergency distress flare Wednesday afternoon, near South Bass Island, Ohio.

At about 4:20 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, responded to a flare sighting report from a good Samaritan. The watchstander directed the launch of a boat crew aboard a 25-foot response boat. The good Samaritan stayed on scene and vectored the boat crew to where the flare was seen. Once on scene, the boat crew located the man in the water near his sunken 16-foot bass boat.

The boat crew pulled the uninjured man aboard the response boat and took him to shore.

This case demonstrates the importance of having distress flares and other emergency equipment aboard your vessel,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Zanoni, officer-of-the-day at Station Marblehead. “It was also a job well done by the good Samaritan who reported the flare sighting.”

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