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I happened to be sailing out of Sandusky Harbor that week-end, and my son and I did not go out on Saturday because of the increasing wind. We did go out on Sunday and, as anybody who has sailed on Lake Erie knows, thunderstorms can come up quickly. We were heading back from Put-In-Bay (about a 3 1/2 hour sail) and heard the Coast Guard bulletin about a rapidly closing storm for the western basin. Once I saw the storm approach from the west, we dropped the sails and motored, trying to take the most direct route back to Sandusky Bay. Unfortunately, we got caught just east of Marblehead and endured the scariest 15 minutes of intense rain and lightning you could imagine. The whole week-end was just fluky weather.
Unless the water was fairly calm and the boat was anchored, I would never go in without having a line tied to me, especially if I was diving around the prop. Keeping a life jacket in the water on a line is another good idea. This is sad. RIP.