The Coast Guard rescued 2 people off of a sinking boat in Ashtabula Harbor Sunday morning

ASHTABULA - The Coast Guard rescued two men Sunday morning after the boat they were on partially sank in Lake Erie, two miles northeast of the Ashtabula Harbor.

The incident happened around 8:48 a.m. when the Coast Guard Station in Ashtabula was contacted by telephone by a boater who reported his boat was taking on water north of Ashtabula Harbor.

The rescue boat crew launched at 8:58 a.m. and located the distressed boaters, who were waving a red life jacket.

The rescue boat crew arrived on scene at 9:10 a.m. and helped the men out of the water and aboard the rescue boat.

"The men we rescued acted smartly and contacted us immediately upon realizing that they were in trouble," said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Campbell. "They made several smart decisions by contacting us immediately, wearing their life jackets, carrying a waterproof phone and vectoring us in with a visible object upon seeing our boat. They also personally realized an error and mentioned to me that they wish they had a marine band VHF-FM radio aboard their boat to assist in communicating with us easier without dropping a call."

The two men declined medical attention when they were brought back to shore. Their boat was salvaged at about noon.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the men rescued.

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