Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters near Whiskey Bay

CLEVELAND – A U.S. Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie boat crew rescued a man and a woman from a capsized sailboat near Whiskey Bay, Monday, at about 4 p.m.

Station Sault Ste. Marie dispatched a 25-foot response boat crew that was able to rescue both people with no reported injuries.

Both were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard received notification at about 3:30 p.m. via phone from another vessel that had been sailing alongside the sailboat. They had attempted to reach the distressed vessel but were unable to.

“No boat is too small for a marine radio,” said Frank Jennings, Jr., recreational boating safety program manager for the Ninth Coast Guard District. “And, if the boating budget allows, two marine radios – one installed and one waterproof hand-held attached to your PFD – are even better.

“When it comes to communications off shore; redundancy is a good thing.”

The Coast Guard recommends mariners invest in a VHF-FM radio as their primary means of alerting distress on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities when compared to cellular phones. When a MAYDAY is sent out via VHF-FM radio, it is a broadcast. Not just one party is receiving the distress call; any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.

Additionally, the Coast Guard also reminds everyone that all recreational boats must carry one wearable personal flotation device (Type I, II, III or Type V PFD) for each person aboard. Any boat 16 feet and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable PFD (Type IV PFD). The law states boaters must have a PFD onboard, but the Coast Guard recommends boaters wear their PFDs at all times when boating. It is much more difficult to locate, access or don a PFD at the moment an accident occurs.

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