Hamburg police warn boaters, fisherman to wear life vests
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Hamburg police warn boaters, fisherman to wear life vests

September 9, 2019


((“HE WAS NOT WEARING A LIFE VEST WHEN HE WENT IN THE WATER, HE DID HAVE ONE WITH HIM. IF HE WOULD HAVE HAD IT ON, HE’D PROBABLY BE HERE TODAY.”)) FIRST RESPONDERS ARE SOUNDING THE ALARM TONIGHT — AFTER ANOTHER DEATH ON LAKE ERIE. 50-YEAR-OLD ROBERT MACCUBBIN WAS PULLED FROM THE WATER IN HAMBURG LAST NIGHT. THIS IS THE THIRD PERSON TO DIE ON THE LAKE IN THREE WEEKS. NEWS 4’S JENN SCHANZ HAS A WARNING FROM HAMBURG POLICE. JENN? DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE WATER. AS THE SUN COMES OUT AND BOATING SEASON GETS UNDERWAY, HAMBURG’S MARINE RESCUE UNIT WANTS BOATERS AND FISHERMEN TO BE SAFE. THAT MEANS WEARING A LIFE JACKET AND KNOWING YOUR SURROUNDINGS. ((“NOT A GOOD START TO A BOATING SEASON.”)) ROBERT MACCUBBIN DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED ACCORDING TO HIS WIFE. THE 50-YEAR-OLD WAS OUT FISHING ON LAKE ERIE WEDNESDAY NIGHT, WHEN TOWN OF HAMBURG POLICE RECEIVED A CALL OF A MAN ON A RAFT IN DISTRESS. ((“WHEN WE ARRIVED, THE OFFICERS ARRIVED, THE SUBJECT HAD ALREADY GONE UNDER.”)) A TOWING BOAT, ON IT’S WAY BACK FROM EVANS… SPOTTED MACCUBBIN NEAR HOAK’S RESTAURANT AND PULLED HIM OUT OF THE LAKE. ((“WE ESTIMATE THAT THAT HE WAS UNDER WATER FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES.”)) MACCUBBIN LATER DIED AT MERCY HOSPITAL. HIS WIFE TELLS NEWS 4 MACCUBBIN WAS SINCERELY LOVED… AND THAT WHILE HE WAS GREAT AT A LOT OF THINGS, FISHING WAS HIS PASSION. ((“HE WAS NOT WEARING A LIFE VEST WHEN HE WENT IN THE WATER, HE DID HAVE ONE WITH HIM. IF HE WOULD HAVE HAD IT ON, HE’D PROBABLY BE HERE TODAY.”)) LT. JIM KOCH SAYS FISHERMEN AND BOATERS SHOULD KNOW THE AREA OF THE LAKE THEY’RE ON, AND NEVER EXCEED VISIBILIY, BY GOING FASTER THAN THEY CAN SEE. BUT THERE’S ONE RULE EVEN MORE IMPORTANT. ((“THIS IS THE THIRD FATALITY WE’VE HAD IN THIS IMMEDIATE AREA WITHIN THE PAST THREE WEEKS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE WATER’S COLD, WEAR A LIFE PRESERVER.”)) OF THE THREE RECENT FATALITIES ON THE LAKE, NONE OF THE VICTIMS WERE WEARING LIFE VESTS. IT’S UNCLEAR MACCUBBIN’S EXACT CAUSE OF DEATH, WHETHER HE HAD A MEDICAL EPISODE, DROWNED, OR DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA. POLICE SAY

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