Coast Guard medevac’s woman after personal watercraft hits pleasure boat near Presque Isle State Park

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Erie, Pa., conducted a medical evacuation of an injured woman after they responded to the scene of a collision between a 32-foot pleasure craft and a personal watercraft in Lake Erie near Beach 11 in Presque Isle State Park, Tuesday evening.

The woman, who was operating the personal watercraft at the time of the collision, sustained a head laceration.

There were no reported injuries to the individuals aboard the 32-foot pleasure craft.

Watchstanders at Station Erie received a report of the collision from local 911 dispatch at about 5:52 p.m. The boatcrew launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and recovered the woman before transferring her to emergency medical services. She was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

The rescue boatcrew also reported that the pleasure craft had a 3-foot long crack above the waterline. The vessel began taking on water, but installed pumps were able to keep up with the water intake. The vessel was taken out of the water at Bay Harbor West Marina. The personal watercraft was also towed to shore.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is conducting an investigation of the accident.

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