The U.S. Coast Guard used an ice skiff to pull an injured man off a Lake Erie dredge barge Wednesday evening.
At approximately 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, a good samaritan called Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, to report two men on a dredging barge near Sandusky, Ohio, who needed help due to injuries.
The barge was 50 yards off shore in water too shallow for a Coast Guard response boat to come alongside, so a rescue team traveled to the location by truck and launched an inflatable skiff normally used for ice rescue.
The team brought one man off the barge and delivered him to emergency medical services. The man’s name has not been released.
A second man aboard the barge waited for a commercial salvage company, which towed the vessel to Johnson Island in Lake Erie.