Coast Guard rescues 40-year-old man near Ashtabula, Ohio

CLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, rescued a 40-year-old-man in Lake Erie near Ashtabula, Saturday evening.

The man was not wearing a life jacket.

The communications watchstander at Station Ashtabula was notified by the man’s wife via cell phone at about 8:40 p.m., that he had fallen overboard from their 23-foot recreational vessel. The boatcrew from Station Ashtabula launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement, and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit launched aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter.

The Ashtabula-based boatcrew located the man in the water and brought him aboard the SPC-LE, along with the other passengers aboard the 23-foot boat. Two Coast Guardsmen, escorted by the remaining crewmembers aboard theSPC-LE, piloted the vessel to the local public ramp where they were met by emergency medical services.

The man was taken to Ashtabula County Medical Center. His current condition is unknown.The Coast Guard recommends that mariners wear a properly fitting Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while underway.  According to the Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics 2011 report, the most current verified statistics available, of the 533 people across the nation who drowned in recreational boating accidents in 2011, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.

“People that are out on the water should have their life jackets on at all times,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Lutz, executive petty officer of Station Ashtabula and coxswain of the SPC-LE. “Wearing a life jacket will save your life; It is much harder to put one on when an emergency happens.”

Click here to learn more about life jackets at the Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center.

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