Coast Guard rescues 3 on boat taking on water near Toledo Harbor Lighthouse

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued three people who were on a boat taking on water in the vicinity of Toledo Harbor Lighthouse in Lake Erie Tuesday morning.

At about 8:50 a.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, overheard a call for assistance from someone on a boat taking on water to a local towing company on VHF-FM radio channel 69. As the watchstander overheard the call while scanning radio calls, he switched to channel 69 and listened for details to determine if there was a need for Coast Guard assistance. Upon hearing the boat was taking on water and the towing company was assisting a different boat near Marblehead, Ohio, the watch team directed the launch of a rescue boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.

The rescue boatcrew arrived on scene at 9:15 a.m. and immediately brought the three people aboard the RB-M and used the boat’s P-6 dewatering pump to dewater the 26-foot boat.

“The exemplary reaction by our watchstander to hear, switch channels and listen to the complete call for help, and the initiative of the boaters to put on life jackets and head to shore lead to this successful rescue,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class DeAndre Burks, the coxswain of the RB-M. “At the time of the original call for assistance, the boat was around four miles offshore, but the boaters absolutely did the right thing by heading to shore. By the time we arrived on scene, they were only one mile offshore and very close to capsizing.”

The rescue boatcrew identified a leak coming from the raw water suction tube below the main engine.

The boatcrew transported the three people to Station Toledo, and South Shore Towing towed their vessel to Meinke Marina in Curtice, Ohio.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to inspect their vessel’s engine compartment and other machinery spaces before getting underway to ensure they are clean and free of debris, and check on them regularly.

The Coast Guard also reminds mariners to have their vessel inspected by a competent authority, such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary, before getting underway for the first time of the recreational boating season.

Click here to learn more about free vessel safety inspections.

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