A Canadian Coast Guard crew rescued three American men Friday morning from Lake St Clair after a small boat capsized. The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton tasked the Canadian Coast Guard’s inshore rescue boat crew stationed at Thames River.
Using their rigid-hulled inflatable boat, the coast guard located the men several kilometres from shore and pulled them from the water. Two of the men were wearing lifejackets, the third was not.
The coast guard took them to a nearby dock where they were transferred to an ambulance, suffering from hypothermia.
The coast guard’s Thames River inshore rescue unit provides marine search and rescue services during the busy summer recreational boating season on Lake St Clair.
The coast guard urges boaters to make sure they have enough approved life jackets on board the vessel for every passenger, and that they’re easily accessible. Don’t store them underneath a seat or below deck. Better yet, wear them.
Donning a life jacket is much harder once you’re in the water, especially if you’re injured.