CLEVELAND - The Coast Guard rescued two men in Lake Erie Sunday afternoon after their boat capsized near Ward’s Canal in Jerusalem Township.
A search-and-rescue coordinator from the Coast Guard Sector Detroit received the report just after 12:30 p.m. of the men in the water from a Lucas County 911 dispatcher.
The boatcrew tracked the debris in the water that led to them finding the men around 1:40 p.m. The rescue aircrew spotted the men wearing life jackets and clinging to the stern of their boat.
A rescue swimmer was lowered to the water and the men were hoisted into the helicopter. EMS workers then treated them for hypothermia.
“The two individuals did a lot to help themselves from this emergency situation by wearing their life jackets, staying together and staying with their boat,” said Lt. J.G. Joe Rozycki, the aircrew's co-pilot. “It is much easier to spot the bottom of a capsized boat than to spot a person in the water.”
The Coast Guard reminds boaters to dress for the water temperature and not the air temperature.
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