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Press Release | Sept. 3, 2023

Coast Guard rescues 1 from base of cliff near Erie, Pennsylvania

Sept. 3, 2023

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit

Contact: Lt. William Colomb

(586) 239-6700


Coast Guard rescues 1 from base of cliff near Erie, Pennsylvania

DETROIT – The Coast Guard rescued one person from the base of a cliff Sunday, after their kayak capsized offshore near Shores Beach, Erie, Pennsylvania.

Coast Guard Air Station Detroit received a call from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo of a person who fell off their kayak and was pushed onto the cliffs in Lake Erie.

Air Station Detroit’s rescue helicopter crew was able to lower the rescue swimmer to the edge of the cliffs where first responders had placed the person in a litter. The helicopter crew hoisted them in the litter from 150 feet over the cliffs.

“As always, this rescue was a team effort. We are extremely grateful for the coordination by Sector Buffalo and Station Erie as well as the incredible work of the Fuller Hose Fire Department zodiac-boat crew and line crew who provided initial care and assistance in evacuating the patient.” Said Lt. Keith Kraker, helicopter Aircraft Commander.

The crew brought the survivor to UPMC Hamot hospital where they were reported to be medically stable.

For more information, contact Lt. William Colomb, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit Public Affairs Officer at (586) 239-6700 or email