Coast Guard rescues three from grounded sailboat

LUNA PIER, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit rescued two males and one female from a grounded 41-foot sailboat taking on water offshore western Lake Erie approximately one mile south of Luna Pier, Friday, at approximately 1 a.m.

An Air Station Detroit rescue swimmer assisted each person into the basket of the HH-65C rescue helicopter for safe hoist.

“They were inside the cabin, and they were pretty much stuck in four to six-feet deep water around them,” said Cmdr. Nicholas Koester, HH-65C pilot. “They were nervous about wading through the water.”

The aircrew transported the trio to awaiting Monroe County Fire Department medical services.

All three were reported to be in good condition.

The 76-year-old male, a 67-year-old male and a 64-year-old female transited to Toledo Beach Marina through four-foot seas and 25-30-knot winds when their sailboat ran aground and took on water.

The Coast Guard recommends mariners wear their life jackets at all times while boating. In addition, the Coast Guard also recommends:

  • Carry a marine-band radio. If you are in distress, the Coast Guard can be reached on marine-band channel 16, the distress channel. A cell phone is a good back-up. However, a call from a radio on channel 16 can be heard by other boaters and/or relayed if you are out of range of the Coast Guard. A cell phone call cannot.
  • Get a vessel safety check or take a boating safety course. For more boating safety information, go to
  • File a float plan with family or friends. A float plan should include your boating location, departure/return destination and estimated time you will be gone.

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