GENEVA -- A Coast Guard boat crew rescued three boaters Sunday afternoon after their boat became swamped in Lake Erie, off the coast of Geneva State Park in Geneva, Ohio.
Rescuers saved a 61-year-old man, the man's 34-year-old daughter, and the woman's 6-year-old son. All three are reportedly from Willoughby, Ohio. The boaters' names are not being released.
The radio watch stander at the Coast Guard Station in Ashtabula, was notified at 11:31 a.m. of a watercraft taking on water about 1 mile offshore of Geneva State Park.
A rescue boat crew was dispatched to the scene.
Once on scene, they found the three boaters in the water near the swamped boat. All three were wearing life jackets.
The rescue team transported the boaters to the park and transferred them to awaiting EMS crews. They were in good condition.
"These boaters did everything right," said Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Lutz, executive petty officer of Station Ashtabula. "They were wearing life jackets, and they stayed with their vessel."
"It can be hard to see people in the water," Lutz added. When the boatcrew approached, the woman was standing on the bow of the partially submerged boat and waving her arms, making them easier to spot.