Coast Guard rescues 5 in two separate incidents near Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

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CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued five individuals in two separate incidents near Alexandria Bay, New York, in the past 24 hours.

At about 3:30 p.m., Friday, a swimmer who was too tired to get back to shore signaled distress to a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, aboard a 25-foot response boat. The boat crew pulled the swimmer, a Canadian citizen, out of the water and returned him to the Canadian shoreline.

The Coast Guard boat crew was on a Shiprider law enforcement patrol with a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer aboard who vetted the rescued individual through immigration in route to the Canadian shoreline.

At about 2:30 p.m., Saturday, a Coast Guard boat crew came across four people clinging to a capsized personal watercraft in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay. None of the rescued people required medical attention, and the boat crew transported them to Edgewood Marina. A Good Samaritan towed the capsized personal watercraft to Edgewood Marina.

“Whether on a boat, personal watercraft or just swimming, the Coast Guard reminds everyone to know their limits and don’t go beyond what their body can handle,” said Mike Baron, Coast Guard 9th District recreational boating safety specialist. “Surpassing your limits is a very dangerous line to cross.”

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