Two People and Their Dog Rescued from Sailboat in Apostle Islands

Coast Guard Aids in Apostle Islands Rescue

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A rescue was caught on camera by the U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday night as a sailboat was taking on water and being pushed around by winds near the Apostle Islands. 

Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie responded to a distress call from a sailboat around 7 p.m. carrying two people and their dog near Sand Island. 

The 29-foot sailboat was taking on water and being pushed around by waves and would run aground soon.  

The boat operator was able to give their location on Lake Superior. 

A Coast Guard boat from Bayfield, Wisconsin was deployed and a rescue air crew from Traverse City, Michigan. 

During the rescue attempt, one of the passengers from the sailboat fell overboard into the water but was able to swim ashore.  

A surface swimmer was then deployed from a response boat and brought the passenger from the shore to the boat and then emergency services took the person to the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland.

The rescue crew aboard the 45-foot response boat remained behind and attempted multiple methods to remove the other passenger and dog from the sailing vessel.

Because of the shallow water, treacherous waves and a steady 20-knot wind that constantly pushed the Coast Guard boat towards shoal water, all methods to remove the individual and his dog were unsuccessful.

Then they called in the Coast Guard rescue air crew arrived and deployed the rescue swimmer onto the sail boat.

The rescue swimmer was able to help the person and his dog into a rescue basket which was hoisted back up to the helicopter.

After recovering the rescue swimmer, the helicopter took the man to John F. Kennedy Airport in Ashland, where emergency medical services was waiting to take the individual to Memorial Medical Center.

Coast Guard officials said both were wearing life jackets and had flares and that’s important for people to have. 

They remind boaters to always have a plan whenever they are going out on the water.

Boaters should also always take into account the current weather and possible changing conditions, especially as the seasons are changing and make sure to let someone know where they are going and when they are coming back.

The Coast Guard isn’t releasing the names of those involved or where they were from.

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