Man rescued after clinging to capsized boat on Lake Erie for 12 hours

A man was rescued from the water behind Runaway Island Sunday. (MGN)
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PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - The crew on a Lake Erie fishing boat rescued a man who had been clinging to his capsized sailboat for about 12 hours, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The crew spotted the man Monday morning about 4 miles off the shores of Port Clinton in northern Ohio, authorities said. The sailboat apparently capsized during a storm Sunday night.

Members of the the fishing boat's crew told WTVG-TV in Toledo that the man was suffering from mild hypothermia but was otherwise OK when they rescued him.

They said the man told them he was trying to sail home to Port Clinton when the winds came up and toppled his boat. He told them it happened so fast that he wasn't able to grab a life jacket and that he'd lost his phone.

Information from: WTVG-TV,

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