1 dead after Lake Erie rescue; officials warn of cold spring water temps

1 dead after Lake Erie rescue; officials warn of cold spring water temps
(Source: WOIO)
(Source: WOIO)

EASTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - One of the men pulled from Lake Erie near Eastlake on Saturday has died.

That man has been identified as 51-year-old Carl Markel, Jr.

Rescue crews from the Eastlake Fire Department pulled two men out of Lake Erie that were in a small boat Saturday afternoon. Fire officials said the incident was reported around 1:30 p.m.

Dive teams were called in to help rescue the men, who were in the water near Waverly Road. At the time of the rescue, both men were in critical condition, and one was suffering from hypothermia.

Officials will now investigate and take a look at the boat, talk to the boat's owner, and interview the sole survivor to figure out what happened.

Markel's family said in a GoFundMe account that the boat took on water and capsized.

The Coast Guard recently reminded boaters to prepare for cold water despite warmer air temperatures.

Here are several cold water safety tips from the Coast Guard:

  • Always wear a life jacket, and be sure there is one for each passenger on board. Wearing a life jacket can prevent a person from becoming completely submerged if falling into the cold water.
  • Dress appropriately for the water temperatures and not the air temperatures when going out onto the water.
  • Whether powerboat, sail or paddlecraft, make your on-water activities social. Share where you're going and when you'll be back with family and friends; file a floatplan.
  • Use the buddy system and never go out on the water alone.
  • Wear reflective clothing to make it easier for searchers to spot you if you fall overboard.
  • Carry and register a Personal Locator Beacon in addition to a VHF-FM marine radio to immediately alert the Coast Guard and local response agencies of potential distress.

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