At about 4 p.m., both men were located in the search area by the aircrew. A rescue swimmer was deployed into the water to assess the situation. Both men and the rescue swimmer were then hoisted aboard the helicopter.
"The fact that the boaters were wearing their life jackets was crucial," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Kirk Anderson, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. "Life jackets help to keep you afloat longer, and make boaters a more visible target for searchers to locate."
The capsized vessel has been marked by the other Coast Guard units involved in the search, and salvage operations are being coordinated with the owner. There are no reports of any pollution.
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