Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat strikes Ashland Harbor breakwall

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — Coast Guardsmen from Station Bayfield, Wisc., rescued two people and a dog after the recreational boat they were aboard struck the Ashland Harbor breakwall near Ashland, Wisc., Monday night.

The boaters used a VHF-FM marine radio to notify personnel in the Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., command center of the accident at 9:50 p.m.

A boatcrew from Station Bayfield immediately launched in a 25-foot Response Boat-Small. Upon arriving at the site of the accident, they found the 39-foot vessel on the breakwall. Both people were still aboard the vessel and were wearing their life jackets.

“All mariners should be familiar with the waters in which they’re boating,” said Lt. j.g. Adam Saurin of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “The study and use of current nautical charts, coupled with other navigation equipment such as GPS or radar, could prevent a day on the water from turning bad.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary holds boating safety and coastal navigation courses, and boaters of all skill sets are highly encouraged to attend safe boating training. The Coast Guard also recommends that boaters slow down and allow for time to look things over and develop an entrance plan when approaching harbors and marinas.

The boatcrew brought the mariners and their dog aboard the RB-S and took them to Ashland Marina, where emergency medical technicians were waiting. EMTs evaluated both boaters before releasing them.

Commercial salvage was contracted to remove the vessel from the breakwall.

The cause of the accident is unknown.

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