(LEAMINGTON, ON) – The Canadian Coast Guard and it’s search and rescue partners rescued two men early in the morning of July 18, after the pair fell from a jet ski in western Lake Erie. The two had a cell phone with them, but it was secured on the jet ski. One of the men was wearing a lifejacket, but the other was not.
Sometime after 9:00pm on the 17th, the crew of the Pelee Island ferry, MV Jiimaan, spotted an unmanned jet ski off Leamington and contacted the Coast Guard’s Marine Communications Centre, in Sarnia. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue crew stationed at Amherstburg was tasked by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, along with the CCG Auxiliary vessel Colchester Guardian.
A US Coast Guard helicopter was also actively involved in the search.
At about 12:30am Tuesday the Coast Guard Auxiliary detected the pair and the Canadian Coast Guard crew aboard CCGS Thunder Cape quickly recovered the men from the water. After being lifted onto the CCG ship the two were transferred to a waiting ambulance in Leamington.
The men estimated they were in the water for about eight hours and both were suffering from hypothermia.