Coast Guard Air Station Detroit rescues 2 from grounded sailboat in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — Coast Guard crews rescued two people aboard a 30-foot sailboat hard aground near Gibraltar Island, Ohio, in Lake Erie, Saturday evening.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the rescued.

Just after 6:30 p.m., the Put-in-Bay Police Department notified the watchstander at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, of a 30-foot sailboat hard aground near Gibraltar Island with one man and one woman aboard. The police reported that a good Samaritan had made several unsuccessful attempts to assist.

A crew from Station Marblehead responded aboard a 45-foot response boat and arrived on scene just after 7 p.m. After arriving, the crew could only get within 300 yards of the sailboat due to shallow water.

Waves increased to 3 to 5 feet, prompting the Coast Guard to dispatch a Dolphin helicopter with an aircrew from Air Station Detroit to hoist the people off the sailboat.

Once on scene, the aircrew safely hoisted the people and took them to the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton, Ohio. There were no reported injuries.

“Familiarity with the area in which you are operating is important for avoiding problems on the lake,” said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland. “Checking the weather before heading out on the water is equally important.”

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