Coast Guard assists 2 boaters in vessel taking on water in Lake Erie

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard rescue crew assisted two boaters Tuesday evening after their vessel began taking on water south of Kelleys Island in western Lake Erie.

At 9:05 p.m., search-and-rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Detroit were notified that a 25-foot vessel with two people aboard was taking on water south of Kelleys Island.

A Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, boatcrew launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement and responded to the vessel.

The crew aboard the SPC-LE arrived on scene and assisted in dewatering the vessel and began escorting the boaters to the nearest safe haven.

The boaters then elected to hire commercial salvage to tow them to their homeport. A commercial salvage crew arrived on scene and took the vessel in tow.

The boatcrew determined the source of flooding to be a hole in the vessel’s transom.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to inspect their boat and safety equipment before traveling on the Great Lakes to ensure the boat and equipment are functioning properly.

Coast Guard dewatering and mooring a boat

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, work to tie a vessel to the dock May 29, 2013 at Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lee Durfee

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