I’d like to use this forum to express my gratitude to the Coast Guard, the gentleman running the boat launch at Lakeshore Park, and the man in the kayak that helped bring both of my children (ages 8 and 12) to shore after they drifted too far out in the lake on paddleboards, the morning of Sunday, July 28th. My family and I can’t express our appreciation enough to these fine folks. Their kindness and professionalism helped us to avoid what could have been a very bad situation. Words cannot express our gratitude to them and everybody on the beach who assured us everything would be ok. As a Native Ashtabulan, I am both proud and grateful to see that the people in my hometown still take care of others like they did when I was growing up.

Tom St. Angelo,

Pilot Mountain, NC.

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