Six persons were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard’s Buffalo Station in mishaps on Lake Erie and the Niagara River over a 12-hour period from late Monday until almost noontime Tuesday.
At 11:27 p.m. Monday a search-and-rescue controller at the Buffalo station received a report of a 20-foot recreational vessel with two persons onboard taking water near the Erie Basin Marina. A rescue boatcrew on a 25-foot Response Boat was sent to assist, dewatered the vessel and side-towed it to the Erie Basin Marina. The owner of the vessel removed the boat from the water and secured it to his trailer.
At 11:28 a.m. Tuesday a rescue boat crew on a 25-foot Response Boat was sent to assist four persons whose 24-foot recreational vessel became disabled after apparently striking bottom in a low water point near the Bird Island Reef and was drifting near the Peace Bridge. The four persons were rescued and the disabled vessel was towed to Harry’s Harbour.
The names of the six rescued are not being released by the Coast Guard. The Guard warned boaters that water temperatures in Lake Erie are still cold enough to cause hypothermia and that boaters must become familiar with the area in which they are boating by having up-to-date navigational tools such as paper charts, U.S. Chart No. I and lights that can help boaters be aware of potentially hazardous areas.