Coast Guard assists 8 boaters aboard disabled vessel in Detroit River

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted eight people aboard a disabled vessel, Saturday afternoon, in the Detroit River.

At about 3:10 p.m, an underway boat crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, responded to a report, from the Ecorse, Michigan, 911 dispatch, of a boat with five adults and three kids aboard in need of assistance.

After arriving on scene with the disabled vessel, the Coast Guard rescue crew assessed the occupants of the vessel to check for any health concerns. No major health concerns were found, however the children were hot and tired. No commercial vessel assistance was expected to be available for at least 45 minutes, so the Coast Guard crew towed the boaters to the Rivers Edge Marina.

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to always call for help if there is a need for assistance. Taking early precautions can help prevent unexpected situations from becoming emergencies.

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