Coast Guard rescues man in Lake Erie near Fairport, Ohio

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A rescue boatcrew from U.S Coast Guard Station Fairport, Ohio, rescued a 28-year-old man in Lake Erie near the Fairport Light Breakwall, Thursday evening.

The man was wearing a life jacket.

Station Fairport received notification via cell phone at about 6 p.m. from a good Samaritan who reportedly saw the man fall off his personal watercraft and start drifting toward the breakwall.

Station Fairport’s communications watchstander issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, and a boatcrew from the station launched aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat. The boatcrew located the man and brought him aboard the MLB. They transported him and his watercraft back to Station Fairport.

The man did not require medical attention.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters leave float plans with friends or family members before getting underway. A properly-filled-out float plan can provide the Coast Guard with valuable information if a boater gets in trouble and is unable to contact emergency responders. The float plan should include who to contact if the boater is overdue.

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