Coast Guard rescues 5 Monday evening during separate incidents in Lake Erie, Lake Michigan

CLEVELAND — Coast Guard boatcrews from Station Calumet Harbor, near Chicago, and Station Toledo, Ohio, assisted five recreational boaters after their boats ran aground during two separate incidents on Monday evening.

These incidents come after a busy weekend, during which the Coast Guard responded to 17 cases involving people in the water and saved six lives across the Great Lakes.

Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of four people in the water at about 8 p.m., after their sailboat capsized in Lake Erie near Lost Peninsula Marina. Boatcrews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water, both from Station Toledo, launched and found two adults and two children on top of the capsized sailboat. Members of the boatcrew ensured that no one was injured and assisted in righting the vessel.

In the second case, SAR controllers at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, received notification from a Chicago-area 911 dispatcher of one person aboard a 14-foot boat taking on water in Lake Calumet at about 6 p.m., CDT. The boatcrew from Station Calumet Harbor, aboard a 25-foot RB-S, located the vessel aground and was able to tow it safely to Sunset Bay Marina.

“Boaters don’t know what they don’t know or don’t remember,” said Frank Jennings Jr., recreational boating and water safety program manager for the 9th Coast Guard District. “A boating education course provides the foundational training new boaters need, while providing a valuable refresher for more seasoned boaters.”

The waters of the Great Lakes are unpredictable and dangerous. The Coast Guard advises that all boaters maintain awareness of their surroundings. Water levels can change rapidly, creating hazardous situations for boaters, their passengers and others on the water. Many boating safety courses are offered throughout the country, for all types of recreational boaters, and for boaters of all ages. Qualified volunteer organizations, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, and others, sponsor many courses, and many state boating agencies also provide classes.

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