Coast Guard rescues 2 in Lake Ontario

LEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sodus Point, N.Y., rescued two people from a vessel taking on water in Lake Ontario, Saturday evening.

The names of the men are not being released.

Both individuals were wearing life jackets, and there were no reported injuries.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Sodus Point received notification of a 17-foot pleasure craft taking on water near Ginna Nuclear Power Plant from the local sheriff’s department at about 7:50 p.m. A rescue boatcrew from Station Sodus Point, aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small, recovered both individuals from the semi-submerged vessel.

Personnel from the local police department arrived and towed the vessel to the Bear Creek boat launch. There was no evidence of any 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.

All mariners are also encouraged to invest in a VHF-FM marine-band radio as their primary means of communication on the water. VHF-FM marine-band radios are far more reliable than cells phones in the marine environment.  Channel 16 is the international hailing and distress frequency.


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