Canadian Coast Guard personnel based in Goderich have been commended for their quick action to save a sailor and his vessel on Lake Huron.
A Lake Huron rescue just a short time after the August 21st tornado struck Goderich has earned commendations for four Canadian Coast Guard personnel.
The search and rescue vessel Cape Discovery was damaged so two crewmembers took a Zodiac fast-rescue boat to the last-reported position of the sailboat Blue Eyes between Goderich and Point Clark.
Lake Huron was being whipped into two- to three-metre swells by 35-knot winds at the time.
The crew was assisted by Kincardine-based Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel who stood by the sailboat till the Zodiac arrived.
The crew of the Zodiac was able to rescue the sailor and tow his boat to Goderich.
For their actions rescuers Jana Lorbetski and Brad Kearley, along with the Cape Discovery's commander and engineer were recently awarded the Coast Guard Distinction Award.