Coast Guard: 2 rescued via helicopter after sailboat is grounded in shallow water

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their 30-foot sailboat was grounded in Lake Erie Saturday evening.

According to the Ninth Coast Guard District, it happened near Gibraltar Island just after 6:30 p.m. Put-in-Bay police reported the sailboat grounded with one man and one woman aboard. Police said a Good Samaritan made several attempts to help them but was not successful.

A Coast Guard crew could only get within 300 yards of that sailboat because of the shallow water.

A helicopter was dispatched to hoist the two passengers off the sailboat.

No one was injured.

“Familiarity with the area you are operating in is important to avoiding problems on the lake,” said Mike Baron, a Coast Guard recreational boating safety specialist. “Checking the weather before heading (out) is also just as important.”

The owner of the sailboat is working with a salvage company to re-float it.

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