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Coast Guard rescues two men from sinking boat

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Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Ashtabula. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Ashtabula.
ASHTABULA, OH (WOIO) -

The Coast Guard rescued two men Sunday morning after the boat they were on partially sank in Lake Erie two miles northeast of the Ashtabula Harbor in Ashtabula, Ohio.

According to a release, a boater called to alert the Coast Guard that his boat was taking on water just before 9 a.m.

The rescue boat crew located the boat on the water partially submerged moments later, and helped the men out of the water.  

"The men we rescued acted smartly and contacted us immediately upon realizing that they were in trouble," said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Campbell, the OOD and coxswain of the SPC-LE.

"They made several smart decisions by contacting us immediately, wearing their life jackets, carrying a waterproof phone and vectoring us in with a visible object upon seeing our boat. They also personally realized an error and mentioned to me that they wish they had a marine band VHF-FM radio aboard their boat to assist in communicating with us easier without dropping a call."

The two men declined medical attention when they were brought back to shore.

The boat was salvaged at about noon.

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