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Coast Guard pulls two teens from Lake Erie after Good Samaritan threw them life jackets

(Toledo News Now) -

The Untied States Coast Guard rescued two teenagers in Lake Erie near Kelleys Island Wednesday afternoon.

The Coast Guard says around 1 p.m. a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a phone call from a Good Samaritan reporting two teenagers in the water who were in need of assistance. The good Sam also reported that neither person was wearing a life jacket. Since he was unable to bring the two persons aboard his vessel, he gave each of them a life jacket.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, launched aboard a 45-foot response boat, arrived on scene, located the two teens and rescued them.

The teenagers reported that they were aboard a rented canoe when it began taking on water and then sank. They also indicated they had to tread water for 45 minutes without life jackets before they were able to flag down the boater.

The boat crew transported the rescued teens to Kellys Island State Park, where they were treated by emergency medical personnel for hypothermia and then released.

The current water temperature in Lake Erie near Kellys Island is 66 degrees Fahrenheit.

"These two are lucky to be alive," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Ropke, the officer of the day at Coast Guard Station Marblehead. "Not only does the Coast Guard urge all boaters to wear a life jacket at all times, we also recommend dressing for the water temperature and not the air temperature."

This is the second such rescue by the coast guard in as many days. On Tuesday, two kayakers were pulled from the lake.

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