Man rescued after clinging to capsized boat for 12 hours in Lake Erie

Ohio

The Coast Guard says the sailboat capsized during a storm Sunday night

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PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says the crew on a Lake Erie fishing boat rescued a man who had been clinging to his capsized sailboat for about 12 hours.

Authorities say the crew spotted the man Monday morning about four miles off the shores of Port Clinton in northern Ohio.

The Coast Guard says the sailboat capsized during a storm Sunday night.

The fishing boat crew tells WTVG-TV in Toledo that the man was suffering from mild hypothermia but otherwise OK when they rescued him.

They say the man told them he was trying to sail home to Port Clinton when the winds came up and toppled his boat.

He told them it happened so fast that he wasn’t able to grab a life jacket and that he’d lost his phone.


Information from: WTVG-TV, http://www.13abc.com

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08/20/19 09:17:50 (GMT -4:00)

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