2 men and child die from possible carbon monoxide poisoning on boat off Cleveland coast

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 7:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 10:19 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Two adults and a child are dead after Coast Guard found them on a boat about two miles away from the Cleveland shore early Wednesday evening, according to Cleveland EMS.

The Coast Guard said Station Cleveland Harbor responded to a boat circling around 6 p.m.

A witness told 19 News he called it in after he saw the boat circling with the engines running.

Coast Guard said their crew saw the three unresponsive people aboard, broke a window, put the boat in neutral, and that’s when the point alarm system on the Coast Guard’s boat for dangerous gasses went off.

The crew started towing the boat back to Station Cleveland Harbor while a Coast Guard helicopter and second Coast Guard boat responded from the station with further assistance from local emergency responders, according to the Coast Guard.

EMS was waiting at the pier to treat the boaters when the Coast Guard brought them over.

According to Cleveland EMS, the 80-year-old man and the 45-year-old man were pronounced dead on arrival while paramedics performed CPR and took the 10-year-old boy to MetroHealth Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials suspect carbon monoxide poisoning at this point in the investigation, which is being led by Cleveland Police.

Return to 19 News for updates.

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