Coast Guard rescues 2 people, 2 dogs from sinking vessel near Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued two people and two dogs from a 33-foot pleasure craft on the northeast side of Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie, after the vessel hit rocky bottom and began taking on water Sunday morning.

Just after 9:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit were notified via VHF-FM channel 16 that a vessel with two people and two dogs aboard had hit rocky bottom and was taking on water on the northeast side of Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie.

Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, Port Security Unit 309 from Port Clinton, Ohio, and commercial salvage crews work to dewater a 33-foot recreational vessel, with two people and two dogs aboard, that struck rocky bottom and began taking on water north of Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie, July 20, 2014.  Crews successfully dewatered the sinking vessel and returned everyone safely to Bay Point Marine in Marblehead, with no injuries or pollution reported.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null

Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, Port Security Unit 309 from Port Clinton, Ohio, and commercial salvage crews work to dewater a 33-foot recreational vessel, with two people and two dogs aboard, that struck rocky bottom and began taking on water north of Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie, July 20, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null

Sector Detroit watchstanders directed the launch of a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, established a communication schedule with the distressed vessel and issued an urgent marine information broadcast that advises mariners of a situation, asks them to keep a sharp lookout, report all sightings to the nearest Coast Guard unit and to assist if possible.

Meanwhile, a 32-foot response boat from Coast Guard Port Security Unit 309, stationed in Port Clinton, Ohio, diverted to assist. A commercial salvage vessel responded to the UMIB as well.

The PSU crew arrived on scene within minutes and embarked both people and dogs aboard their vessel.

Commercial salvage and the Station Marblehead crew arrived soon after and, using three pumps, were able to successfully dewater the vessel.

The commercial salvage vessel towed the distressed vessel into Bay Point Marine in Marblehead. The two passengers and two dogs were transported back to the marina aboard the PSU boat, which, along with crew from Station Marblehead, helped escort the other vessels to the marina.

There are were no reports of injuries, medical concerns or signs of pollution.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners to always be familiar with the area they will be operating in and to always have a reliable means available to call for assistance in case of distress.

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