Coast Guard rescues two from Detroit River

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two Canadian citizens from the Detroit River approximately one mile from Belle Isle, Mich. at approximately 6:25 p.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard Station Belle Isle received a call from a Windsor, Ontario 911 operator at approximately 6:20 p.m. with a report of three people in the water clinging to a capsized kayak.

Belle Isle launched their 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) and arrived on scene within minutes to find a good samaritan on a personal watercraft had already brought one person onboard. The boat crew brought the two remaining people onboard.

All three were wearing life jackets.

“When we arrived on scene we saw the good samaritan had already gotten one person out of the water.” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Cuneo, the coxswain of the 33-foot SPC-LE. “We saw the other two people, one person holding onto the kayak and the other holding onto his friend.”

The three people were taken to the Lakeview Marina in Windsor, Ontario, where they were transferred to waiting Emergency Medical Services. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to wear life jackets at all times when on the water and to have a functioning communications device onboard in the event of emergency.

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