Coast Guard helps rescue 11 on Niagara River

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard aided in the rescue of 11 people on Lake Erie after their 40-foot vessel began taking on water near the entrance to the Niagara River, about 9:30 p.m., August 1, 2010.

Coast Guard Station Buffalo received notification of the vessel in distress at about 9:15 p.m. and launched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft (SPC-LE) crew in response.

“When we got to their vessel, there was already a few inches of water on the deck,” said Petty Officer Jess Hamilton, coxswain aboard SPC-LE. “That indicated the cabin had almost completely flooded. The stern was beginning to sink.”

Station Buffalo crewmembers removed five people from the vessel and officers from the Buffalo, N.Y., Police Department removed six more.

No injuries were reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard works closely with other agencies to provide efficient and expedient rescue for those in distress on the waterways.

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