Coast Guard rescues 2 after another vessel’s wake washes them into Lake Superior

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Marquette, Mich., rescued two people who fell overboard from a dinghy about 300 yards from the Lower Harbor Breakwall near Marquette in Lake Superior Monday night.

Crewmen aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, which was in the area, reported to Station Marquette personnel that they witnessed another vessel wake out the 6-foot dinghy, washing two people who weren’t wearing life jackets into the water.

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to be cognizant of nearby vessels and to respect those vessels’ limitations.

A Station Marquette boatcrew in a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium arrived on scene within five minutes and recovered both people from the water. Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary recovered the dinghy. There reportedly were not any life jackets aboard the vessel.

“We always recommend boaters wear their life jackets anytime they’re underway, or to at least have them in a readily accessible location,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Evans, a communications watchstander at Station Marquette. “Usually when an accident occurs, people don’t have time to find and don their life jackets before they wind up in the water.”

The man and woman and their dinghy were taken to Station Marquette.

There were no reported injuries.

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