A successful search and rescue for one boy on a broken down personal watercraft

>Guest post by Lt. Tasha Hood, Air Station Detroit public affairs officer

Presque Isle State Park Rangers, Coast Guard Station Erie small boats, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit searched Aug. 13, 2010, for a reported missing person on a personal watercraft. The Coast Guard helicopter found the boy near his personal watercraft at 12:20 a.m., at the southern shore of the tip of Presque Isle State Park. The waters were too shallow for surface boats to rescue the individual and ground vehicles were unable to drive to the location through trees and vegetation.

The Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the boy to safety at 12:50 a.m., and returned to local law enforcement personnel and family members at Erie International Airport.

The HH-65C crew included two pilots, Lt. Cmdr. Keith Trepanier and Lt. David Janney, the flight mechanic, Petty Officer 3rd Class Brad Curtis, and rescue swimmer, Petty Officer 2nd Class Bret Fogle.

The boy was smart to stay by his broken down personal watercraft to enhance visibility for search and rescue personnel.

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