Coast Guard monitoring removal of 38-foot boat from breakwall in Conneaut, Ohio

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CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard continued to monitor the removal of a 38-foot pleasure craft that is resting atop of the east breakwall inside Conneaut Harbor, near Conneaut, Ohio, Wednesday after the vessel became grounded Tuesday.

At 4:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, received notification via marine radio from a man who reported his boat had run aground on the breakwall.

A 38-foot pleasure craft sits atop of the east breakwall inside Conneaut Harbor, Conneaut, Ohio, July 23, 2014. The responsible party has established a salvage plan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A 38-foot pleasure craft sits atop of the east breakwall inside Conneaut Harbor, Conneaut, Ohio, July 23, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A response boat crew launched from the station aboard a 25-foot response boat. Three passengers were removed safely from the vessel and there were no reports of any injuries.

When the response boat crew arrived on scene, several of the man’s friends were attempting to pull the boat off the wall with towlines from their boats. After an unsuccessful attempt, the man agreed to contact a commercial salvage company.

The commercial salvage crew was also unable to remove the vessel from the rocks, and the owner is now working to a present a salvage plan to the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland also responded to the grounding, and reports that there is no pollution at this time.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation and the Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation.

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