Coast Guard and Rescue Marine rescue 6 near Catawba Island

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND ? The U.S. Coast Guard and Rescue Marine rescued four adults and two children after a recreational vessel began taking on water in Lake Erie near Catawba Island, Ohio, at about 1:25 p.m., Wednesday afternoon.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement, after receiving a report at 1:15 p.m. from Rescue Marine of a vessel in distress.

Individuals aboard the vessel contacted Rescue Marine via cell phone.

All six people were removed from the vessel uninjured and without incident. The Station Marblehead boatcrew towed the disabled vessel to a nearby dock.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters carry VHF-FM marine radios. A marine band radio is the best way to contact the Coast Guard or marine response agencies if you are in distress on the water. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just a one-to-one communication as when made via phone. When mariners ask for help on a marine radio, any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance. Channel 16 is the international distress frequency and should be used for emergencies only.


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