U.S. Coast Guard rescues 2 women stranded on Lake Huron
The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two Canadian women stranded on a raft on Lake Huron, near Sarnia, Ont., on Sunday evening.
A call came in at 6:30 p.m. ET from authorities on the Canadian side of the border, seeking assistance in locating the two women.
According to a news release, the women had been pushed away from shore by winds and were unable to make their way back.
A helicopter was sent from Detroit and a rescue boat was launched from Port Huron, Michigan.
The women were located by the rescue boat and taken to a Canadian Coast Guard ship.
Dave Elit, a marine controller at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., told CBC News that the women who were stranded made the initial call for help from a cellphone.
That call allowed authorities to get a basic track on their location. From there, the U.S. Coast Guard was called in to assist their Canadian counterparts.
Elit said that the women were rescued about 50 minutes after their initial call.
Information on the identity of the women was not immediately available. However, they were believed to be approximately 20 years of age. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson told CBC News they were Canadians.