MARBLEHEAD, OH (WOIO) - The Coast Guard assisted a father and his teenage daughter back to shore safely after the snowmobilers became disoriented on Lake Erie Saturday evening.
Sector Detroit personnel also directed the launch of a rescue crew, aboard a 20-foot airboat, from Station Marblehead and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, aboard a Dolphin helicopter.
While the rescue crews were en route, the daughter reported to 911 that she and her father found an ice-fishing shanty to use for protection from the weather elements.
A cellphone ping was used to determine their exact location.
The aircrew was first to arrive on scene. Both father and daughter were found in good health.
The daughter was transferred back to shore in the airboat while the father followed the airboat back to shore on the snowmobile.
The Coast Guard reminds all ice enthusiasts that in addition to being prepared for changing weather, it's also a good idea to wear a life jacket and carry a personal locator beacon as well as a mode of communication.