Coast Guard assists 4 after sailing vessel runs aground near Put-In-Bay

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CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard assisted four people after their sailing vessel ran aground in Lake Erie near Put-In-Bay, Ohio, early Saturday morning.

At around 12:30 a.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a distress call via VHF-FM channel 16, from the captain of a 32-foot sailing vessel, reporting that their prop was fouled and they had ran aground.

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 Marblehead, Ohio. The rescue boatcrew, aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement, arrived on scene with the distressed boaters shortly after 1 a.m.

The rescue boatcrew assisted the four boaters, three adults and 1 child, aboard the 33-foot SPC-LE at around 1:20 a.m., and transported them to Station Marblehead, where they caught a taxi.

There was no reported injuries or pollution.

Rescue Marine salvaged the sailing vessel at around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Rescue Marine towed the vessel to Catawba Moorings in Port Clinton, Ohio.

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