Coast Guard assists disoriented boaters taking on water in Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted 4 boaters, late Saturday afternoon, who were disoriented and taking on water in western Lake Erie.

At about 4:45 p.m., a rescue boat crew aboard a 25-foot response boat, from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, responded to a report from personnel at Towboat US of four disoriented boaters whose vessel was taking on water. Upon receiving the report, the rescue boat crew got in touch with the boaters. The Coast Guard boat crew used their expert area knowledge to assist the boaters in orienting themselves using known landmarks, and determined that the boaters were in the vicinity of South Bass Island State Park.

While determining their location, the boaters located a loose cooling water hose in the engine compartment that was the source of the flooding. The boaters reconnected the hose enough to return to shore at South Bass Island State Park and moor. Shortly after the boaters moored, the rescue boat crew arrived on scene and dewatered the boat using a P-6 dewatering pump.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to be aware of their surroundings and have navigational equipment aboard their vessel. The Coast Guard also recommends all boaters conduct a thorough check of their boat inside and out to ensure the boat is safe on the water. The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free vessel safety checks at most marinas on an appointment basis as well as regularly scheduled sessions and locations.

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