Coast Guard rescues 2 women in Cuyahoga River

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued two women in the Cuyahoga River Sunday morning after their kayaks capsized.

At 11:25 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., received a mayday call via marine radio from a boater reporting two women in the water after their kayaks capsized at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland.

Personnel at Sector Buffalo broadcast an urgent marine information broadcast over marine radio to inform boaters in the area of the two women in distress.

A rescue boat crew aboard a 25-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor were in the area for training and rescued the women.

Both women were wearing life jackets.

The boat crew took the women to Whiskey Island in Cleveland. A good Samaritan retrieved the kayaks and towed them to the island.

The Coast Guard advises that paddle craft enthusiasts wear their life jackets at all times while underway, since one tends to enter the water unexpectedly.

The Coast Guard also reminds boaters that this time of the year, they need to take proper precautions as the air and water temperatures are decreasing

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