CLEVELAND - The Coast Guard rescued nine people from a capsized rowboat in the Cuyahoga River.
Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor received a mayday call over marine radio, around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, from a man that was part of a group from a rowing school located on the river who said that the wake from another boat had caused the rowboat to capsize throwing the nine rowers into the water.
The man stated that he was on a small vessel following the rowers down the river and could not take all nine people to safety.
All the rowers were wearing life jackets.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Laura Roesch said “This is a perfect example of how being prepared can help you in an emergency situation. They were wearing life jackets, had a way to call for help and stayed with the boat after it capsized.”
The rescue team took the rowers back to the school and a third boat from the school retrieved the capsized rowboat.
(photo courtesy Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor)