Coast Guard transports 2 ashore after personal watercraft runs aground

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard transported two people ashore after they were thrown into the water when their personal watercraft ran aground in the Lake St. Clair Thursday afternoon.

A radio watchstander at Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., were contacted by crewmembers aboard a TowBoat U.S. boat, via marine radio that they had transferred two people who were thrown from their personal watercraft after it ran aground in Middle Channel, in Lake St. Clair about four miles east of the Clinton River.

The people from the personal watercraft were reported to have been wearing life jackets and were in need medical attention.

A rescue boatcrew launched aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft–Shallow Water boat from Station St. Clair Shores, transferred the two people aboard their boat, and transported them to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources boat ramp in the Clinton River, turning them over to awaiting emergency medical services.

EMS personnel released them after treating minor injuries.

The TowBoat U.S. crew towed the personal watercraft to shore.

“The Coast Guard recommends that you wear a life jacket and be alert and aware while on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Griepsma, officer-of-the-day at Station St. Clair Shores.

“Life jackets help save lives but only if you are wearing one.”

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