Men Stranded For Four Hours After Boat Overturns
12:37 p.m. EDT July 13, 2003
The Associated Press
Four men were rescued from Lake Erie on Saturday about four hours after their 18-foot fishing boat overturned.
John Kozic, 43, who has multiple sclerosis, stayed afloat in his life jacket but had drifted about a quarter-mile from his companions when a Coast Guard crew found him, the Coast Guard said.
The other three boaters were pulled from the lake by the crew of a passing coal freighter, Petty Officer Aaron Nelson said. Two of the men were wearing life jackets, and they held on to the man without one.
Steve Lin, 41, of Youngstown, Ohio, was admitted overnight for observation at Ashtabula County Medical Center. Kozic; James English, 48, of Youngstown, and Mike Esposito, 21, of Cortland, Ohio, were checked and released.
The men were tossed from their motorboat about noon, Nelson said.
Waves on Lake Erie were 3 to 5 feet.
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