Coast Guard helps injured snowmobiler off the ice

Coast Guard helps injured snowmobiler off the ice

CRANE CREEK, OH (WOIO) - Personnel from the Coast Guard and first responders from Ottawa County and Jerusalem Township teamed up to assist an injured snowmobiler off the ice near Crane Creek, Ohio, early Sunday afternoon.

The name of the injured snowmobiler is not being released.

The unidentified injured male called for emergency assistance one mile offshore.

At 10:30 a.m., a watch stander at Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, received the request for help, from the Ottawa County Sheriff's dispatcher.

While preparing to launch Station Marblehead's ice rescue team, the station's watch stander received notification that the injured snowmobiler had been located by an Ottawa County Sheriff's officer who walked offshore on foot to assist. The officer called the Jerusalem Township Fire Department and the Coast Guard for further assistance.

A Coast Guard ice rescue team responded by airboat with emergency medical services personnel and a SKF-ICE, an inflatable rescue craft. The airboat crew arrived on scene at 11:37 a.m.

Fire department personnel assisted the snowmobiler and secured him to a backboard. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard ice rescue team inflated the SKF-ICE. The injured man was then placed aboard the SKF-ICE and he was towed to shore by his own snowmobile.

"With efficient and effective teamwork among all first responders we were able to assist an injured man who was in a lot of pain," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Mattei, coxswain of the airboat and leader of the ice rescue team.

"We were each able to use our skills, equipment and assets because we train together as often as time permits. We were familiar with each other, so things worked out smoothly," says Mattei.

The Coast Guard ice rescue team escorted the tow back to shore in the vicinity of Magee Marsh. The man was transferred to Lucas County Hospital by ambulance.

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