Four people escaped serious injury this weekend, after a boat they were on began sinking over the weekend. Around 10am Sunday, water rescue teams were dispatched to an area on Lake Erie about three miles west of Walnut Creek Access.
Before rescue teams made it to the area, another boat; the ‘Mai Tai,’ came to the boater’s aid and pulled the boaters out of the water. At that time, the boat had already gone under.
The people rescued from the water were brought to the Walnut Creek Access area and were checked out by medical personnel. One of the victims was takent to UPMC Hamot as a precaution.
Darryle Tavernese, Lake Shore Fire Chief, tells us that they “took a wave over the back of the stern, [that wave] swamped the boat, [then] went into the water. We were a little unsure of their location, as we went out. A good samaritan pulled them out of the water and we escorted them back here to the dock.”
Officials say the waves were six to eight feet high when the incident occurred. They want to remind boaters to always wear their life jackets.