Lake Erie: Coast Guard saves teens after rented canoe sinks

CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued two teenagers in Lake Erie in the vicinity of Kelleys Island Wednesday afternoon.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the two teens.

At 1 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a phone call from a Good Samaritan, reporting two teenagers in the water who were in need of assistance.

He also reported that neither person was wearing a life jacket. Since he was unable to bring the two persons aboard his vessel, he gave each of them a life jacket.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio arrived on the scene, located the two teens and rescued them.

The teenagers reported that they were aboard a rented canoe when it began taking on water and then sank. They also indicated they had to tread water for 45 minutes without life jackets before they were able to flag down the other boater.

The boat crew transported the rescued teens to Kelleys Island State Park, where they were treated by emergency medical personnel for hypothermia and then released.

The current water temperature in Lake Erie near Kelleys Island is 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

"These two are lucky to be alive," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Ropke, the officer of the day at Coast Guard Station Marblehead.

"Not only does the Coast Guard urge all boaters to wear a life jacket at all times, we also recommend dressing for the water temperature and not the air temperature."

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to remain vigilant while on the water by being aware of your surroundings, including the weather conditions. Wear your life jackets at all times and be prepared for emergency situations by having signaling and working communication devices on board.


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