The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 13 people and assisted 16 others over the past busy weekend across the Great Lakes.
In one instance, Coast Guard Station Buffalo launched a 25-foot response boat for a person in the water near Bird Island Pier shortly after midnight Monday.
Local fishermen had thrown the individual a net, but were unable to get the person into their vessel. The Coast Guard rescued the exhausted individual and brought the survivor to Erie Basin Marina for medical evaluation.
In the remaining cases, the Coast Guard rescued or assisted boaters across the Great Lakes taking on water or beset by weather. The Coast Guard recommends boaters check the forecasted weather conditions prior to departing shore. In many cases, weather conditions can quickly deteriorate and catch boaters unaware and underprepared.