Coast Guard Rescues 11 Year Old Boy

ASHTABULA, Ohio — Coast Guard Station Ashtabula rescued an 11-year-old boy clinging to the Ashtabula breakwall for nearly two hours today at approximately 5:30 p.m.

A 33-footer crew recovered the boy, who was cold and wet, and transported him to the station.

He sustained no injuries and had no medical concerns.

“We picked him up about a mile and a half from the beach; the boy said he took a walk to the lighthouse to go swimming, which he thought was magnificent,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Bruce Czako.

Apparently, one boy saw the blue shirt and jean shorts-clad 11-year-old go out on the breakwall and then disappeared from sight for approximately two hours.

Two Ashtabula police officers then walked out to the breakwall to recover the boy.

The officers then contacted the station for assistance, whereupon the smallboat crew transported the boy and the officers back to shore safely.

The Coast Guard recommends both boaters and anyone venturing into the water to always wear a life jacket.

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