Fairport Harbor: Two rescued after catamaran capsizes on lake

4:44 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard
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FAIRPORT HARBOR -- Two people were tossed overboard after a catamaran capsized in Lake Erie off Fairport Harbor Tuesday.

They were plucked from the water by a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fairport.

The Coast Guard assisted two men in Fairport Harbor after the 16-foot catamaran they were on capsized and efforts to re-right the vessel failed.

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

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Fairport in Grand River was contacted by a Good Samaritan over marine channel 16 that two men were trying to re-right a capsized catamaran 200 yards west of the Fairport Harbor light house.

When the rescue boat arrived on the scene, the two men said they were not in distress. Both were wearing life jackets, and there were no injuries reported at the time.

The rescue boatcrew continued to stay with the two people and monitor the situation.

After 30 minutes, the two men were exhausted and asked to be taken onto the RB-S and have a commercial salvage company tow the catamaran.

One of the men said he was seasick.

The two men were returned to the Fairport Harbor marina.

The rescue boat returned to the catamaran until a salvage boat arrived, righted the catamaran, and towed it back to harbor.

"The two people on the catamaran were not expecting to capsize but dangerous situations come unexpectedly and it is good that they were wearing life jackets," said Petty Officer 3rd Class James Bozeman, officer-of-the-day at Station Fairport.

"The Coast Guard recommends that all people wear a life jacket while boating. This a perfect example of how it is easier to wear a life jacket than to put one on during an emergency."  


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