Coast Guard rescues 3 Ashtabula men after vessel drifts onto breakwall

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND—A Coast Guard boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, rescued three Ashtabula men Tuesday afternoon after their recreational boat became disabled and drifted onto a breakwall near the CEI Perry Power Plant in Perry, Ohio.

When the boatcrew, in a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat, arrived on scene at 3:05 p.m., the Coast Guardsmen saw the 28-foot recreational vessel being continuously pounded onto the rocks.

As the Coast Guard boatcrew approached the periled vessel, one of the three people aboard the disabled boat leapt into the water without a life jacket, later telling the Coast Guardsmen he was planning to swim a tow line to them, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Eagon, a crewman aboard the SPC-LE.

The Coast Guard advises all mariners to wait for responders’ instructions before taking actions during a rescue operation to avoid putting themselves in unnecessary additional danger.

The Coast Guard boatcrew threw the man a rescue line and brought him aboard the response boat. They then passed a tow line to the disabled boat, pulled the vessel off the breakwall and towed it to a public dock in Ashtabula.

The Coast Guard also recommends all boaters wear life jackets at all times while underway since it can be extremely difficult to locate and don a life jacket the moment an accident occurs.

The weather in the area at the time of the rescue was reported as 2-to-4-foot waves and about 15-mph winds.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the boaters.

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