Coast Guard and RCAF searching for possible Person in Water in western Lake Erie

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit File photo by Seaman Brooke Sauers

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit File photo by Seaman Brooke Sauers

DETROIT — The U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force are searching western Lake Erie for a possible person in the water following a distress call overheard on VHF-FM channel 16 Monday morning.

No further transmissions were made and the Coast Guard was unable to hail the vessel.

At 10:45 a.m., on July 3, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a transmission on VHF channel 16 that was picked up by radio towers used to monitor Lake Erie. The transmission, which appears to have been made by a child, states “My papa fell in the water. I need help.”

Sector Detroit has launched a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, a response boat from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, and requested long range air support from Canada’s Rescue Coordination Center in Trenton, Ontario. RCC Trenton provided a C-130 fixed-wing-aircraft, which is aiding in covering the large search area.

Boaters on western Lake Erie are urged to keep an eye out for either an adult in the water or a child alone on a vessel.

Contact the Coast Guard at via VHF channel 16 or at (313) 568-9560 with any sightings or amplifying information you may have.

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