Coast Guard rescues canoers from breakwall

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor rescued a male and female from the west end of the Fairhope breakwall, Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.

A 25-foot small boat response (RB-S) crew brought aboard the pair and had them don life jackets for the ride to shore.

“They couldn’t fight the winds on their canoe, so they got on the breakwall,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Zach Whitely, Officer-of-the-day, Coast Guard Station Fairport.

Due to the winds, the pair was out in the water for approximately three to fours hours before the Coast Guard arrived.

The Coast Guard advises all Great Lakes recreational water enthusiasts to carry one wearable PFD (Type I, II, III or Type V PFD) for each person aboard, but most importantly the Coast Guard recommends everyone to wear the PFD at all times. Any boat 16 feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable PFD (Type IV PFD).

The law states you must have a PFD on board, but the Coast Guard recommends you wear your PFD at all times when boating. It is much more difficult to locate, access or don a PFD at the moment the accident occurs.

Some states require that children wear PFDs. Factors such as age, size of the boat/vessel and/or boating operations play a factor. The Coast Guard recommends ALL children wear a PFD at all time when on a boat or in the water.

Additional information on life jackets (PFDs), can be found at USCGBoating.org.

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