Coast Guard rescues 6 from Detroit River after vessel capsizes in storm

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued six people from the Detroit River after their 20-foot sailboat capsized during a storm Thursday afternoon.

Just before 5 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit was contacted on VHF-FM marine radio about a capsized sailboat with six people in the water near the Detroit Yacht Club, on the Detroit River.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, in Detroit, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium was nearby due to broadcasted storm warnings and launched to assist.

The crew arrived on scene, finding four people clinging to the sides of the sailboat and two people underneath.

Due to winds near 30 knots and the sailboat’s close proximity to the breakwall, the rescue crew used heaving lines to bring all six people aboard the RB-M and took them to the Detroit Yacht Club.

No injuries were reported, and all six people were wearing life jackets.

“Knowing the weather report is huge,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Davies, the officer of the day at Station Belle Isle and coxswain, or smallboat operator, during the case. “Mariners need to monitor their radios at all times while underway. Due to the weather, we had three cases in a matter of minutes.”

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