Coast Guard rescues 2 in Lake Ontario

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A rescue boatcrew from U.S Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y. rescued two men in Lake Ontario about 1 ½ nautical miles from the Niagara River, Sunday evening.

Rescued were two men in their mid-seventies. Both were wearing life jackets.

The communications watchstander at Station Niagara received notification from a good Samaritan at about 6:30 p.m., of a capsized sailboat.

The boatcrew immediately launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement and found the capsized vessel and two men in the water. Both individuals were brought aboard the SPC-LE. The boatcrew transported them to Station Niagara, where they were met by Emergency Medical Services.

The sailboat will remain anchored overnight, until the owners can recover it in the morning. Coast Guard Sector Buffalo has issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast, alerting mariners in the area.

A marine band radio is the best way to contact the Coast Guard or marine response agencies if you are in distress on the water. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just a one-to-one communication as when made via phone. When mariners ask for help on a marine radio, any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance. Channel 16 is the international distress frequency and should be used for emergencies only.

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