Ottawa County sheriff's deputies located a missing and injured snowmobiler Sunday about 1 mile off shore on the ice of Lake Erie in Jerusalem Township near Crane Creek, the U.S. Coast Guard is reporting.
The sheriff's office requested assistance from the Coast Guard Station in Marblehead. The injured snowmobiler, who called for assistance, was located by an Ottawa County Sheriff’s officer who walked offshore on foot to assist.
A Coast Guard ice rescue team responded aboard an airboat with emergency medical services personnel and an inflatable rescue craft. The airboat crew arrived on scene at 11:37 a.m.
Fire department personnel assisted the snowmobiler and secured him to a backboard. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard ice rescue team was placed in the rescue raft and towed to shore by his own snowmobile.
The name of the injured snowmobiler was not being released by the USCG. He was transferred to Lucas County Hospital by ambulance.
In a related news release, a Coast Guard crew from Michigan rescued a snowmobiler Saturday after he fell through ice.