Coast Guard rescues 2 in Lake Michigan near Two Rivers, Wis.

CLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Two Rivers, Wis., rescued two men after their vessel began taking on water in Lake Michigan about 12 miles northeast of Two Rivers, Tuesday afternoon.

Both men were wearing life jackets.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wis., received notification of a sinking 46-foot vessel with two men aboard at 2:40 p.m., CDT. A rescue boatcrew from Station Two Rivers launched aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat, as well as an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter.

The members of the boatcrew were able to safely get both men out of the water. It was determined that the bilge pumps on the vessel failed, causing it to take on water. There are no reports of pollution.

Life jackets save lives. Drowning is the leading cause of death in boating-related mishaps. Most boating fatalities are the result of unexpected falls overboard, either while a vessel is underway or drifting. Of those who drown, 90 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Wearing a life jacket helps ensure a boater stays afloat so they can either self-rescue or be rescued by other boaters in the area.

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