Coast Guard rescues boater after sailboat capsizes

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Marblehead, Ohio, rescued a boater from Sandusky Bay this afternoon after his sailboat capsized.

The crew of Coast Guard Station Marblehead was contacted at 4:08 p.m. by the Sandusky City Police Department after they received a report of someone clinging to an overturned sailboat in Sandusky Bay.

A Station Marblehead rescue boatcrew launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat and arrived at the scene, a half mile west of Cedar Point, at 4:27 p.m.

Once there, they found the man sitting atop his capsized sailboat, wearing a lifejacket.

The SPC-LE crew took the man aboard and transported him to the Cedar Point Fuel Dock, where they transferred him awaiting EMS from the Sandusky Fire Department. He was reportedly showing signs of hypothermia, according to the SPC-LE crew, and was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

The sailboat was salvaged by a commercial company and towed to a nearby dock, where it was righted and safely moored.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to always wear lifejackets while underway. It is much more difficult to locate, access, or don a lifejacket at the moment an accident occurs.

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