Coast Guard rescues 5 people who were ejected from boat near Rochester

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Rochester, N.Y., rescued five people after they were ejected from their boat about 300 yards east of the Genesee River in Lake Ontario Monday afternoon.

A member of the Coast Guard Reserve witnessed the three men, ages 47, 21 and 16, and two women, ages 47 and 20, being thrown from the 19-foot vessel after it took a wave over the bow and called Coast Guard Station Rochester to notify the crew there of the accident.

A boatcrew was already prepared to get underway for a routine patrol and arrived at the scene of the accident in a 25-foot Response Boat-Small within five minutes. The crewmen brought all five people, who were not wearing life jackets, aboard the RBS and transported them to Station Rochester, where they declined medical treatment.

Although there were five life jackets aboard the vessel, none of the boaters were wearing one at the time of the accident, and they weren’t able to put them on once they were ejected.

“We’re glad this incident ended so well for everyone involved,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Owings, officer of the day at Station Rochester. “This case is a perfect example of why we continually remind boaters they should always wear their life jackets rather than just carrying them aboard their vessels. When something like this happens, people rarely have time to find their life jackets and put them on before they end up in the water.”

Weather in the area was reported to be two-to-four-foot waves, about 17 mph winds and about 68-degree water temperature.

Arrangements are being made for a commercial salvage company to recover the vessel.

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