While it is highly recommended that all boaters carry a VHF device, in the event that you don’t have one, this is a reminder that to use whatever device you’ve got. Even if you don’t get through, a cell tower might pick up your attempted call.
U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard crews rescued two boaters and a dog Sunday morning after they were reported overdue in Lake Ontario. Rescued were Corey Willis, 24, from Tonawanda, NY and Joe Adornetto, 26, from Buffalo, NY.
Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo were contacted and told that a boater had left Lewiston, NY Saturday afternoon and was expected back at 5:30 p.m. but had not returned home. Cell phone records indicated that the man’s last calls were made at 7 p.m. to 911. All calls back to the number went to voicemail.
SAR controllers contacted the man’s cell phone provider, who identified which towers his last calls were made from, providing a rough search area. SAR controllers at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo directed the launch of a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Niagara, N.Y., and an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. Both units searched throughout the night with negative results, and the air asset from Air Station Detroit was relieved at first light by Royal Canadian Air Force aircrews aboard a CH-146 Griffon rescue helicopter and a CC-130 Hercules aircraft.
The Griffon helicopter crew located the missing boaters and dog floating in the water six miles off Port Weller, Ontario, at 7:07 a.m., just as they began searching. The Canadian Air Force crew deployed their rescue swimmer, who placed the individuals on a life raft. A Coast Guard Station Niagara crew embarked the boaters and their dog aboard their 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement and transported them to Port Weller where they were met by EMS and taken to St. Catherines General Hospital in Ontario. They were showing signs of mild hypothermia.
Courtesy of www.coastguardnews.com.