A boy, who was kayaking outside of the breakwall near the Lorain harbor, had capsized.


LORAIN -- The Coast Guard assisted two kayakers Friday afternoon after one of them capsized and was unable to get back into his boat.

About 12:15 p.m. the Coast Guard station received a phone call from a mother who was kayaking with her son.

The son, who was kayaking outside of the breakwall near the Lorain harbor, had capsized and was stranded on the breakwall after he was unable to right his kayak.

A Coast Guard boat crew was already underway and immediately responded to assist.

After arriving and determining the boy was in good condition, crew members dewatered the kayak and put it inside the breakwall, where the water was calmer.

The boy was able to safely climb into the kayak and paddle back to safety with his mother.

According to the Coast Guard, because the boy had been on the Lake Erie side of the breakwall, he had been fighting the current when trying to board the kayak.

"The Coast Guard reminds everyone that it is best to call for help sooner than later to prevent a more serious situation from occurring," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Eberl, officer-of-the-day at Station Lorain. "The mother in this case made the right decision in calling for help immediately, even though her son was not in a critical situation."

Paddle sport enthusiasts need to be aware of their own capabilities and refrain from paddling in areas above their known capabilities, the Coast Guard said.

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