Coast Guard rescues 2 off submerged boat in Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued two men Sunday morning after the boat they were on partially sank in Lake Erie two miles northeast of the Ashtabula Harbor in Ashtabula, Ohio.

At 8:48 a.m., the officer-of-the-day at Coast Guard Station Ashtabula was contacted by telephone by a boater who reported his boat was taking on water north of Ashtabula Harbor. Upon receiving the call, the OOD ran to the communications room and issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which requests any nearby boaters to render assistance if possible. During the UMIB, the phone call was dropped.

A boat lies partially submerged in Lake Erie two miles northeast of Ashtabula Harbor, in Ashatabula, Ohio, September 29, 2013. Two men were rescued by a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ashtabula. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Ashtabula.

A boat lies partially submerged in Lake Erie two miles northeast of Ashtabula Harbor, in Ashatabula, Ohio, September 29, 2013. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Ashtabula.

A rescue boat crew launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement. The rescue boat crew launched at 8:58 a.m. Upon leaving the Ashtabula Harbor, the rescue crew located the distressed boaters, who were waving a red life jacket.

The rescue boat crew arrived on scene at 9:10 a.m. and helped the men out of the water and aboard the rescue boat.

“The men we rescued acted smartly and contacted us immediately upon realizing that they were in trouble,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Campbell, the OOD and coxswain of the SPC-LE.

“They made several smart decisions by contacting us immediately, wearing their life jackets, carrying a waterproof phone and vectoring us in with a visible object upon seeing our boat. They also personally realized an error and mentioned to me that they wish they had a marine band VHF-FM radio aboard their boat to assist in communicating with us easier without dropping a call.”

The two men declined medical attention when they were brought back to shore. Their boat was salvaged at about noon.

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