Coast Guard: Two Men Rescued After Sailboat Capsizes in Lake Superior

By KBJR News 1

Coast Guard: Two Men Rescued After Sailboat Capsizes in Lake Superior

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM CST

Bayfield, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A Coast Guard crew rescued two people from the waters of Lake Superior Monday afternoon after their sailboat capsized near Madeline Island.

Around 2:30 PM, authorities received a report of a capsized 17-foot sailboat with two men in the water near Madeline Island.

Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan issued an urgent marine information broadcast, which informs mariners of a situation, asks them to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the nearest Coast Guard unit, and to assist if possible.

A boatcrew from Station Bayfield launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and rescued the men from the water. The crew took the sailing vessel into tow and transported the men to Madeline Island Marina.

There are no reports of any injuries.

"Both men did the right thing by wearing their life jackets," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Harris, the officer-of-the-day at Station Bayfield. "The men were also wearing wetsuits, which would have greatly helped their chances of survival if we had not found them right away."

The names and hometowns of the people rescued are not being released by authorities.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com

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