CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued two people, early Sunday morning, aboard an aground sailing vessel in the vicinity of Oak Island, Wisconsin.
The names of the boaters rescued are not being released by the Coast Guard, and there is no Coast Guard imagery from this case.
At about 2 a.m., the Coast Guard responded to a distress call over VHF-FM channel 16, the designated international hailing and distress channel. The captain of the vessel reported that their anchor had dragged and they drifted aground and were stranded.
A rescue boat crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Bayfield, Wisconsin, got underway and asked the stranded boaters to launch flares to help lead the rescuers to them through the fog. Once on scene, about 3 a.m., the boat crew brought the two boaters aboard the Coast Guard boat and took them to shore and left the 38-foot sailing vessel to be salvaged later in the day.
A commercial salvage company safely removed the vessel from its aground location at about 12 p.m., Sunday, and towed it to Apostle Island Marina where it was hauled out of the water by a travel lift.
No injuries or pollution were reported form the incident.