Coast Guard assists 2 Canadian snowmobilers near Kingsville, Ontario

d9CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard assisted two snowmobilers near Kingsville, Ontario, after they became stranded nearly two miles off the Canadian side of Lake Erie, Saturday morning.

At around 10:15 a.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard’s 9th District Rescue Coordination Center in Cleveland, responded to a call for assistance from personnel at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario. JRCC Trenton reported that there were two snowmobilers stranded offshore of Kingsville, who were concerned about the stability of the ice around them.

The SAR coordinator at the 9th District directed the launch of an air crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, aboard a Dolphin helicopter. The aircrew arrived on scene with the snowmobilers at about 11:15 a.m., safely hoisted them into the helicopter and transferred them to the ferry dock in Kingsville where they were met by local fire department personnel at about 11:30 a.m.

The snowmobilers needed no further medical attention.

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