Coast Guard rescues woman attempting to rescue son in Lake Erie

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Cleveland Harbor rescued a woman who entered the water from shore in an attempt to save her son after the sailboat he was aboard capsized in Lake Erie near the Bay Boat Club in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon.

The boatcrew launched in a 25-foot Response Boat-Small after receiving a report of the incident from someone who witnessed it from shore at 12:11 p.m.

When the Coast Guardsmen arrived on scene they found that the 15-year-old boy had re-righted the vessel and was back aboard. His mother was still in the water. Both were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guardsmen brought the woman aboard the RB-S and took her to shore near the Bay Boat Club where emergency medical technicians were waiting.

A local fireboat that also responded towed the sailboat to shore. EMTs evaluated the boy and his mother and released both with no injuries.

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters wear life jackets at all times while underway since many accidents occur quickly and unexpectedly.

It is also important for people to not put themselves in harm’s way by attempting to rescue someone else, which could create an even more dangerous situation. The Coast Guard recommends those who witness an accident notify authorities immediately and wait for trained emergency responders.

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