Coast Guard assists 2 boaters on Lake St. Clair from boat taking on water

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted two people aboard a boat that was taking on water five miles north of Windsor, Ontario in Lake St. Clair early Monday afternoon.

At around 12:15 p.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator, from Coast Guard Sector Detroit, received a distress call, via VHF-FM channel 16, from a good Samaritan reporting a boat with two people aboard was taking on water.

Upon receiving the call, the SAR coordinator issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores.

The rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small arrived on scene at around 12:40 and immediately started dewatering the 30-foot vessel using a P-6 pumpl. A boatcrew from the Canadian Coast Guard arrived on scene shortly after 1 p.m., and also assisted the distressed boaters.

“This rescue was a prime example of our great working relationship with the Canadian Coast Guard,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Zach Ogden, the coxswain of the 25-foot RB-S. “The rescue crews worked seamlessly together and because of that we were able to get both people and their boat to shore safely.”

A boatcrew member from the U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard operated the Coast Guard’s P-6 pump aboard the vessel as it made way toward a marina in Windsor. The remaining boatcrew members escorted the vessel.

The cause of the flooding was believed to be a crack in the hull of the boat.

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