U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards continue search for missing boater in Lake Ontario

CLEVELAND— Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard, and various local agencies are continuing to search, Friday, for a missing boater last seen Wednesday afternoon and reported overdue Thursday morning. Missing is John Suppel of Lewiston, New York, who launched out of Wilson Tuscarora State Park in Wilson, New York, aboard a 16-foot camouflage pleasure craft. Searchers from all agencies...

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards searching for missing boater on Lake Ontario

 U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards searching for missing boater on Lake Ontario
CLEVELAND— Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard, Niagara Country Sheriff and Toronto Marine Patrol are searching for a man who was reported overdue Thursday morning. Missing is John Suppel of Lewiston, New York, who launched out of Wilson Tuscarora State Park in Wilson, New York, aboard a 16-foot camouflage pleasure craft. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, New York, were...

Lake Ontario, Niagara River Coast Guard crews have busy weekend of boater assists, searches

CLEVELAND — Coast Guard crews across Lake Ontario and the Niagara River had a busy weekend and responded to more than 10 cases of mariners in distress, assisting 13. Unfortunately, two lives were lost in Irondequoit Bay and the Niagara River this weekend. Coast Guard 9th District crews throughout the Great Lakes region responded to 135 cases, rescuing six people and assisting 148 others. The following...

Great Lakes Coast Guard has busy weekend with rescues, assists, law enforcement activity

Great Lakes Coast Guard has busy weekend with rescues, assists, law enforcement activity
CLEVELAND – Coast Guard crews across the Great Lakes had a busy weekend and responded to more than 100 cases of mariners in distress, rescuing five and assisting 127. Unfortunately, three lives were lost, 11 people were cited for boating under the influence, and 23 voyages were terminated for various safety concerns. The following synopses are just a few of the responses that the Coast Guard was...

Coast Guard Station Niagara accepts new, more capable response boat

Coast Guard Station Niagara accepts new, more capable response boat
CLEVELAND — The crew of Coast Guard Station Niagara in Youngstown, N.Y., took delivery May 9, 2013 of the station’s new 45-foot Response-Boat-Medium. The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots, has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the...

Coast Guard rescues 3 from capsized boat in Lake Ontario

Coast Guard rescues 3 from capsized boat in Lake Ontario
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued three people after their boat capsized in Lake Ontario, Saturday afternoon. At 3:50 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received notification from the Niagara County 911 dispatcher of three adult males in the water whose 19-foot recreational boat had capsized three miles offshore of Four Mile Creek State Park, N.Y. A rescue boatcrew...

US, Canadian Coast Guard crews respond to 11 kayakers showing signs of hypothermia

US, Canadian Coast Guard crews respond to 11 kayakers showing signs of hypothermia
CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards teamed together to rescue 11 kayakers, early Sunday morning, in the vicinity of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. At 3:52 a.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., received a mayday call from a group of kayakers reporting they were in distress and two members of the group were suffering symptoms of hypothermia. A...

Coast Guard to recognize 2 jet-boat operators for saving woman’s life at Niagara Whirlpool

YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to formally recognize the captain and crewmember of a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours boat at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at Coast Guard Station Niagara in Youngstown for saving a woman from drowning in the Lower Niagara River in July. Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., will present Corey Ziraldo, the boat’s captain, and Brittany Thompson, the...

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards rescue 2 boaters, dog on Lake Ontario

CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard crews rescued two boaters and a dog Sunday morning after they were reported overdue in Lake Ontario. Rescued are: Corey Willis, 24, from Tonawanda, N.Y.,; and Joe Apornetto, 26, from Buffalo, N.Y. Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo were contacted and told that a boater had left Lewiston, N.Y., Saturday afternoon and was...