Two men rescued after boat takes on water

Alabama men had been fishing near Toussaint Reef
Alex Green
Jun 17, 2014

 

green@oc-register.com

Two Alabama men went overboard in Lake Erie Tuesday morning when their boat started sinking during a fishing trip near Toussaint Reef.

U.S. Coast Guard crews located and assisted Walton Sanford and Greg Mohney near Toussaint Reef after they had been in the water for more than an hour.

Locals from Boat U.S. in Port Clinton located the men following a Coast Guard radio announcement. They took Sanford and Mohney on their boat and towed their boat, then turned them over to Coast Guard crews who took them to shore.

Other than gas burns experienced by Mohney, the pair is healthy following the troubling incident, according to Sanford.

Coast Guard personnel declined to comment at the scene, though Sanford, 78, seemed to be in good spirits and had plenty to say.

"It was an experience," he said. "I've never had anything like this happen."

The duo set off from Beef Creek Marina in Carroll Township, a few miles east of Davis-Besse, around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

After a few hours of some lethargic fishing, Sanford said, their trip livened up quickly.

"We just stayed out there too long," he said.

They noticed water seeping in the 20-foot bass boat through a vent pipe and they knew they were in trouble, Sanford said.

Shortly thereafter, the boat's motor stopped.

"We knew we were in trouble when the motor died," Sanford said.

The boat began to slowly sink, and water began to increasingly flow throughout the watercraft.

"There was fishing equipment everywhere, scattered around," Sanford said.

They stayed atop the boat for for a few minutes — long enough to make a mayday call — but before long they were forced to enter the water while wearing their life jackets.

Sanford said it felt like they were in the water between an hour and 90 minutes. Although it was an extended period of time, Sanford looked on the bright side.

"The water was nice, it's about 75 degrees," he said.

Coast Guard crews arrived to transport Sanford and Mohney to the city docks on the Portage River in Port Clinton.

Port Clinton police and EMS assisted at the docks.

Sanford was not overly troubled by the incident. He said he's just happy they survived.

"(Expletive) happens," he said.

Comments

bayshore

Capsize - to roll over.
Sink - fill with water and be submerged.

KURTje

Allow the oldster to drive.....BANG!

Minnow

HEY SR........you guys gotta start getting your facts straight on these water situations. FYI South Shore Towing / TOWBOAT US out of Curtise , Ohio was the first one onscene with the "TOWBOAT DEFENDER" got the 2 guys out of the water while everyone else was enroute to the scene. After the people were safe on the "DEFENDER",and the USCG got there and they were transfered to the USCG 45' Boat and then taken to shore. The boat was salvage by South Shore and taken to Meinke's Marina....GREAT JOB SOUTH SHORE TOWING!!!!

Alex Green

Coast Guard officials said Boat U.S. members from Port Clinton assisted before they got there. Perhaps you're right but that was not conveyed to us by our sources.

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JMOP

This made me think of "Step Brothers" for some strange reason.