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There is audio on the scanner page.

Once again the Coast Guard doing it's thing. They dropped swimmers in the water from an air plane to be picked up later. They just jump right in and do their job, whatever it takes.

Matt

Original story posted below.

Sad Update

Story about the victim

Fisherman missing after boat flips

Donald McArthur
The Windsor Star

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Leamington One man is missing in Lake Erie and another was rescued Friday after an 18-foot aluminum fishing boat capsized in rough waters about 20 kilometres offshore, near a popular perch fishing hole known as "the reef."

The two men, described by police as Chatham-Kent residents in their 70s, set out with other anglers about 8:30 a.m. to fish in an area of water about 40-feet deep between Point Pelee and Pelee Island.

Denis Ouimet, 62, of Stoney Point, was fishing with wife Lynn, his brother Serge and friend Pete Forget, when he heard a scream shortly after 10 a.m. and saw a small boat pull anchor and rush to offer aid to the overturned vessel.

Only the bow of the capsized boat was visible above the water which had turned choppy with a brisk north wind. One of the men scrambled on top of the boat and wildly waved for help.

The other man could not be seen.

Ouimet radioed the Coast Guard for help and the distress call was heard by the four-man crew of the Jack's Queen, a 70-foot gill-netter captained by Steven Anderson that was heading into Kingsville harbour after a morning of fishing that began at 5 a.m.

Jack's Queen crewman Victor Estrelinha, 43, said a man was still on top of the overturned vessel, which had been strapped to another small boat, when the Jack's Queen arrived about 30 minutes after receiving the call for help.

Estrelinha, of Leamington, stripped to his skivvies and jumped into the water with a rope and a buoy. He dove beneath the overturned vessel. In the watery darkness, he said, he saw a body, clad in black, floating head down in the water.

"When you see somebody's life in the balance, you try and do what you can," said Estrelinha. "When we came, it was too late."

Estrelinha and crewmate Carlos Agueda, 42, also of Leamington, said they were going to try to free the body by cutting canvas that covered the boat's bow, but were advised to stand down by the Coast Guard.

A Hercules airplane and search and rescue helicopter dispatched from R.C. Trenton arrived around that time as the Coast Guard boat Thunder Cape and the OPP's Marine Unit made their way to the scene.

The Hercules circled the site several times before dropping a cache of supplies, which, surprisingly, landed directly in the small boat lashed to the capsized vessel, said Agueda.

Shortly after, two divers with bright orange parachutes were dropped into the water, witnesses said.


The Thunder Cape ferried the surviving boatman to safety at Leamington Marina, where he was interviewed by police. The white-haired man appeared shaken and declined to comment when he disembarked from the vessel.

Police said both boaters were wearing life jackets, but that the drowning victim's body had yet to be recovered. Efforts continued Friday evening, said police. Items from the capsized boat, including two seats, a tackle box and a straw hat, were recovered by the Ouimets.

Police collected the items and returned them to the surviving boater. He packed them into his maroon minivan and left the marina parking lot, pulling a boat trailer but no boat.

No names were released by police.
 

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go figure, 18 ft boat, and theres a guy on here thats new to the site asking , do you think a 19 ft boat will be large enough on lake erie, ? and some one says yes , no problem , ya know you could walk in front of a buss at night too
 

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QUOTE(Dos mangos @ Jun 13 2009, 08:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>go figure, 18 ft boat, and theres a guy on here thats new to the site asking , do you think a 19 ft boat will be large enough on lake erie, ? and some one says yes , no problem , ya know you could walk in front of a buss at night too

Exactly what I thought of.
 

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QUOTE(Dos mangos @ Jun 13 2009, 08:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>go figure, 18 ft boat, and theres a guy on here thats new to the site asking , do you think a 19 ft boat will be large enough on lake erie, ? and some one says yes , no problem , ya know you could walk in front of a buss at night too

ditto !


Matt..thanks for posting this...those coasties are awesome and deserve alot more credit/recogonition that they get.

My eyes were opened when I saw a movie made about them.

So sorry to the fam that lost their loved one
 
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