ASHTABULA -- A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station here rescued three people found clinging to debris, after their 21-foot recreational boat capsized about seven miles northwest of Ashtabula, in Lake Erie Friday afternoon.
The people were not wearing life jackets. Their names and hometowns are not being released.
The station received a call at 12:30 p.m. from a boater who reported finding 3 people in the water clinging to debris.
The Coast guard crew responded and found the three people showing signs of exhaustion; one was in an unresponsive state. The people were brought aboard the boat and taken to shore where EMS took them to the Ashtabula County Medical Center.
All three people are reported to be in stable condition.
The Coast Guard recommends that boaters wear a properly fitting Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while underway
According to the Coast Guard's Recreational Boating Statistics 2011 report, of the 533 people across the nation who drowned in recreational boating accidents in 2011, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket.