Coast Guard, paramedics, firefighters rescue injured man on breakwall near Cleveland

CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued a man from Lake Erie Friday evening after he fell while walking on a breakwall near the Lake Shore Power Plant in Cleveland and was unable to walk back to shore.

At 6:40 p.m., search-and-rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received a report of a man in Lake Erie clinging to the side of the breakwall near the Lake Shore Power Plant. The man reportedly fell while on the breakwall, into the water and was unable to make it back to shore.

The search-and-rescue controller directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor boat crew aboard a 45-foot response boat.

Also responding were rescue crews from the Cleveland Fire Department and Cleveland Emergency Medical Services.

Due to the location of the injured man, the rescue crews determined that instead of bringing the man onto the rocks, it would be safer to transfer him onto one of the rescue boats.

Two paramedics transferred the man onto a stokes litter and then onto the Coast Guard rescue boat. The Coast Guard then furthered transported the man to EMS waiting at the East 72nd Street Marina pier in Cleveland.

“This case demonstrates the value of working with our partner agencies and should serve as a reminder to mariners about the importance of being safe around the water, not just on it,” said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland.

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