Coast Guard and good Samaritan rescue 3 boaters in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, and a nearby boater rescued three people in Lake Erie Friday morning when their 23-foot recreational boat began taking on water near Locust Point, Ohio.

All three of the boaters were wearing life jackets, and there were no injuries reported.

Coast Guard Station Marblehead received a call at about 8:40 a.m. about a vessel taking on water and launched a rescue boatcrew aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement.

The Coast Guard boatcrew arrived on scene with the vessel at the same time as the good Samaritan and a commercial salvage boat.

Two of the boaters were transferred aboard the SPC-LE, and one was transferred to the good Samaritan boat.

The commercial salvage boat towed to vessel to Turtle Creek Marina, near Oak Harbor, Ohio.

The Coast Guard recommends that mariners wear a properly fitting Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while underway. According to the Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics 2011 report, the most current validated statistics available, of the 533 people across the nation who drowned in recreational boating accidents in 2011, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.

A life jacket can’t save your life if you’re not wearing it.

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