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 in Lake Erie, Saturday evening.

Just after 6:30 p.m., the watchstander at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, received a report from the Put-in-Bay Police Department of a 30-foot sailboat hard aground near Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie with one man and one woman aboard. The police reported that a good Samaritan had made several attempts to assist without success.

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 because of shallow water.

The sea state increased to 3 to 5 feet, prompting the Coast Guard to dispatch a Dolphin helicopter with an air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit to hoist the people off the sailboat.

Once on scene, the air crew 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 you are operating in is important to 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 is also just as important.”

The owner of the sailboat is working with a salvage company to re-float the sail boat.

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  1. charles says:

    I was the one rescued , while I think the situation was uncalled for buy the local police, I thank the coast guard for every bit of help and courtesy they showed.