Coast Guard Rescues Two Dozen Boaters During 4th of July Holiday

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Krista Burns

Coast Guard Rescues Two Dozen Boaters During 4th of July Holiday

July 5, 2013 Updated Jul 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM CDT

Cleveland, OH (NNCNOW.com) --- The 4th of July holiday was a busy one for the Coast Guard on the Great Lakes.

Coast Guard crews responded to 37 cases involving maritime incidents on Thursday throughout the Great Lakes. Crews rescued or assisted two dozen boaters from various incidents between late Wednesday night and early Friday morning.

On Wednesday, the 9th Coast Guard District responded to a report of a boat taking on water on the Niagara River. Crews rescued all six passengers, four adults and two children.

"The ability of our rescue crews to quickly transition from one mission to another, their innovative use of resources, along with our great inter-agency partnerships made for a successful and safe Independence Day holiday," said Capt. Andrew Sugimoto, chief of response for the Coast Guard 9th District.

On Thursday, around 9:45pm, the Coast Guard in Detroit received a call of a boat taking on water in the vicinity of Toledo, Ohio on the Maumee River.

When officials arrived on scene, they found three boats tethered together, with the middle boat taking on water. Crews helped those on the sinking boat move to the other two vessels. The flooded boat was dewatered and towed to a pier. Authorities say a broken seal caused the boat to sink.

Also on Thursday, around 10pm, a search and rescue controller on Lake Michigan received a report of a 39 foot cabin cruiser with 4 adults and 2 children that ran aground in Lake Calumet Harbor. The Coast Guard helped ferry those on board to safety. No one was hurt in the incident.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to practice safe boating habits before, during and after recreating on the Great Lakes. Boaters should always thoroughly inspect their boat inside and out after every outing.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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