545 people assisted, 5 lives saved during Port Huron Float Down

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard, along with multiple international, federal, state and local agencies, assisted 545 people and saved five lives during the “unofficial” Port Huron, Mich., Float Down, between 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., August 15, 2010.

In addition to the lives saved and people assisted, responders provided two medical transports, issued two district court violations and kept seven commercial vessels from entering the safety zone established to protect those participating in the Float Down.

“Without the tremendous interagency efforts by international, federal, local and state agencies, there would have been many lives lost today during the Port Huron Float Down,” said Capt. Jeff Ogden, Commanding Officer at Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

Assets and personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, City of Marysville Police and Fire Departments, City of Port Huron Police and Fire Departments, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Ira Township Fire Department, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Ontario Provincial Police participated in the operation.

A total of 30 vessels were on scene during the Float Down.

Tri Hospitals provided Emergency Medical Services during the event.

The Coast Guard works closely with other international, federal, state and local agencies to provide its life-saving services to those recreating on the Great Lakes.

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5 Comments

  1. Vicky says:

    thank you so very much for your assistance allowing citizens to enjoy the 8 hours this year to do the floatdown. I did not attend, but very much hope to next year.

  2. cgnews says:

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  3. Rob says:

    so if I don’t agree with this statement, or call it bunk, as it is totally wrong, you will not post it?

    “Without the tremendous interagency efforts by international, federal, local and state agencies, there would have been many lives lost today during the Port Huron Float Down,” said Capt. Jeff Ogden, Commanding Officer at Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

  4. cgnews says:

    It’s not a matter of disagreeing with the statement, it the method, i.e. the words used. If in fact you believe the statement is totally wrong, what evidence do you have to show that it is wrong.

    To repeat what was stated earlier, “We do not allow anonymous comments, abusive comment, overly antagonistic, or threatening.” The comments that I did not approve were both made anonymously.

  5. Rob says:

    I guess my point would be that after the Coast Guard did everything in its power including having the city put up signs that the non-event had been canceled, and the fact that this event has been going on for years without major injuries or a fatality. All so there is no basis in fact that any lives would have been lost. I find it hard to believe that the Commanding Officer would crow about what a great job he did. That said I believe that the Coast Guard is missing a tremendous chance to advance water safety etc. by not embracing the float down and helping the people be safe.