Boaters help family from capsized sailboat during rough water on Lake Erie

CLEVELAND-- Five people were rescued from a Lake Erie break wall during dangerous conditions Friday afternoon.

It happened shortly before 4 p.m. between the East 55th Street Marina and East 72nd Street Marina.

"You need to respect the water," Mark Langley said, who was on the sailboat with his two children. "We have some real heroes on the lake. They probably saved our lives."

A sailboat carrying a family of three capsized twice. That's when two men in a motor boat went to help.

Ari Schabo said they got the three people into the power boat, but a line from the sailboat became tangled around the motor. They lost power and started heading towards the rocks.

All five climbed from the second boat to the break wall.

Witnesses called 911, and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Cleveland Division of Fire and the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers responded to the scene. No one was injured.

The rough water continued to slam the two boats into the rocks long after the rescue.

There is a small craft advisory in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline  until 10 p.m. Saturday. Waves between 3 and 7 feet are expected, but meteorologists at FOX 8 said some waves could reach 9 feet. The National Weather Service said inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should stay in port.

There are also hazardous beach conditions with rip currents.