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9th District Great Lakes Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

August 13, 2013


Ninth Coast Guard District

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Coast Guard rescues 2 men after sailboat capsizes in Lake Superior

CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard crew rescued two people from the waters of Lake Superior on Monday afternoon after the sailboat they were on capsized.

The names and hometowns of the people rescued are not being released, and there is not Coast Guard imagery available.

Just before 2:30 p.m. CDT, local 911 dispatch contacted a communications watchstander at Coast Guard Station Bayfield, Wis., stating that they received a report of a capsized 17-foot sailboat with two men in the water near Madeline Island.

Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., issued a 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, arrived on scene, 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."

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