PORT CLINTON, Ohio -- A day on Lake Erie took a dramatic turn, when a small boat capsized with several people still on board.
"I personally cannot swim, so I was extremely terrified," said Laura Cooper who was on the sinking boat. "I was texting my family not sure what the outcome would be. I feel like once we noticed the water coming in, we had maybe ten minutes before it went under."
The Coast Guard received a Mayday call around 1:30 p.m. from a pleasure boat that was taking on water near the South Bass Island Airport.
A passenger on the ferry captured the incident in the video above.
Two boats were dispatched from the Marblehead Station to assist. Before the Coast Guard could arrive, The Miller Ferry reported that the boat sank and the 7 people on the boat were in the water.
"A set of waves came that appeared to come over the back of it [boat] that swamped it quite quickly luckily at that time we were ready pull people out of the water," said Miller Ferry Captain Brian Woischke.
All of the passengers were safely rescued. Two of the victims were treated for shortness of breath and fatigue.