Coast Guard rescues 8 family members from water near Youngstown

US Coast Guard File Photo

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued eight people from the water near Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, New York, Wednesday.

The eight family members were in a 14-foot aluminum boat heading to Porter on the Lake park in Youngstown, New York, when a wave came over the bow, and the boat started taking on water.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Niagara saw the family waving for help at approximately 4:54 p.m., and Station Niagara launched a 25-Foot Response Boat-Small crew to assist. The boat crew rescued the four children and four adults.

The four children all had life jackets on; the adults’ life jackets had floated away with the waves. There were no reported injuries.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to always wear life jackets while on the water, have signaling devices on board, and obey the boat manufacturer’s suggested maximum occupancy.

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