Coast Guard busy pulling people out of Lake Erie

Coast Guard crews handled multiple rescue missions on Saturday, Sept. 15, including an incident involving a capsized boat with 20 people aboard.

That happened during the Dragon Boat race when one of the competitors capsized in Cleveland Harbor. A rescue boatcrew was sent at 11:30 a.m. and rescued three people - the other 17 were able to swim to shore. All were wearing lifejackets.

The three rescued people were taken to the dock at Shooter's Bar and Grill, assessed by EMS workers, and released without injuries.

"The people on the boat were not expecting to capsize, but dangerous situations can come unexpectedly, so it was good that they were wearing life jackets," said Petty Officer 22nd Class Julia Kinney, officer-of-the-day at Station Cleveland Harbor. "The Coast Guard recommends that all people wear a life jacket while boating."

At 12:35 p.m., a radio watchstander at Station Cleveland Harbor received notification from a nearby boater who was watching two people on a boat that was sinking after it struck the breakwall in Cleveland Harbor.

A rescue boatcrew brought the two people aboard and towed the boat to 72nd Street Marina, where a commercial salvor commenced dewatering efforts.

There were no injuries reported.

"It is important to always contact the Coast Guard at the first sign of an emergency situation," said Kinney. "This particular situation shows how a disabled boat can turn into a sinking boat fast."

The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the rescued people.

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