Flare sighting leads to Coast Guard boater assist on Lake Erie

Flare sighting leads to Coast Guard boater assist on Lake Erie

LAKE ERIE, OH (WOIO) - The Coast Guard towed a father and son to safety, Tuesday night, after their boat broke down in Lake Erie in the vicinity of Geneva, Ohio.

At about 9 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, responded to a phone call from a woman who reported three red flare sightings about 2 to 3 miles from her home in Geneva. The watchstander then contacted a search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo who directed the launch of rescue assets from Stations Fairport, Ohio, and Ashtabula.

The disabled boat was found around 9:35 p.m. and the crew confirmed with the boaters that they were the ones that fired the flares. The boat crew then towed the boaters to safety. The disabled boat was safely moored in Geneva at about 10:10 p.m.

"This case highlights the importance of reporting flare sightings or other unusual activity," said Mike Baron, Coast Guard 9th District recreational boating safety specialist. "The boaters were prepared for an emergency with flares; a Good Samaritan on land reported the sighting and remained in contact with search and rescue officials, which in this case prevented a bad situation from getting worse."

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