Coast Guard rescues 3 after vessel drifts into breakwall in Cleveland

25-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo by PA3 Allyson E. Taylor. USCG photo by PA3 Allyson E. Taylor

25-Foot Response Boat-Small file photo by PA3 Allyson E. Taylor. 

CLEVELAND — A crew from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor rescued 3 people from the Edgewater breakwall after their vessel became disabled and drifted into the rocks, Saturday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo command center received a mayday call at approximately 11:59 a.m. from a sailing vessel with three people aboard, against the rocks of the Edgewater breakwall.

The command center watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted a smallboat crew from Station Cleveland Harbor to assist.

The boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 12:05 p.m. to find one person in the water and two others aboard the vessel, all wearing life jackets.

The boat crew safely retrieved the person from the water and devised a plan to rescue the remaining two people aboard the vessel. Due to the sea conditions and safety concerns, the Coast Guard crew had the two people enter the water where they were safely recovered. All three people, two men and one woman, were safely transferred to shoreside EMS where they were evaluated for mild hypothermia.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to have their vessels checked to make sure everything is in proper working order. Additionally, make sure there are enough life jackets on board for every passenger.

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