Coast Guard rescues man in Lake Erie near Geneva State Park, Good Samaritan rescues dog

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND – A boatcrew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, and an aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit rescued a 55-year-old male in Lake Erie about two miles from Geneva State Park, Ohio, Monday at about 9:30 a.m.

Crewmembers aboard the charter boat Highland Locust notified U.S. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at about 6:40 a.m. of a possible person in the water in Lake Erie.

The man was not wearing a life jacket. His name is not being released.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Ashtabula launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and Air Station Detroit launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter to search. The smallboat crew was the first on scene and began searching at about 7 a.m. The helicopter crew found the man at about 8:30 a.m. and relayed his position to the boatcrew.

The boatcrew transported the man to EMS waiting at Geneva State Park. While in transport, the man claimed that he had been out trolling with his dog, and had become disoriented and fallen off the stern at about 5 a.m. He also said that he had been treading for approximately four to five hours before being rescued.

“Boaters need to be responsible for the safety of themselves, their passengers and other boaters,” said Frank Jennings, Jr., recreational boating safety program manager for the Ninth Coast Guard District. “That means not only having the proper number of life jackets onboard, but wearing them whenever underway. It is much more difficult to find and don a life jacket during an emergency. Boaters need to be prepared ahead of time.”

At about 1 p.m., a good Samaritan was able to locate the vessel, with the dog still aboard, and pilot it to Geneva State Park.

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