Coast Guard rescues man from Lake Erie near Buffalo

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CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued a man from Lake Erie late Tuesday night after he fell out of his kayak.

Just before 10 p.m., search-and-rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received a report of a man without a life jacket clinging to his kayak in Lake Erie near the Wanakah County Club.

The search-and-rescue controller directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Buffalo boat crew aboard a 25-foot response boat.

The rescue crew arrived on scene and retrieved the man from the water. The man and kayak were both transferred to a rescue boat crew from the Hamburg, New York, Police Department, who took the man to shore.

“It is the boater’s responsibility to ensure that they have all of the required safety equipment onboard their boat before getting underway,” said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland.

“Each piece of equipment, such as a proper fitting life jacket, is vital to the safety of everyone on your boat and on the water.”

The Coast Guard also recommends that boaters take a personal locator beacon along with them when heading out to enjoy the water. Once a PLB is activated, it can transmit your position to rescuers within three feet via satellite, essentially taking the search out of search-and-rescue.

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