Coast Guard Assists Disoriented, Disabled Boater

ALPENA, Mich. – The U.S. Coast Guard assisted a disoriented boater, yesterday evening, whose vessel was located disabled approximately 13 nautical miles northwest of Thunder Bay Island.

U.S. Coast Guard received a radio transmission at 10:15 p.m., yesterday, from the motor vesselĀ  Jane Ann IV stating they had come across a 14-foot disabled pleasure craft with one person onboard. Station Alpena retrieved the boater and safely returned him to shore.

The operator of the pleasure craft departed from the Aux Gres, Mich., area on September 18th and proceeded towards Caseville, Mich., to fish. The subject lost sight of land and became disoriented with no food, water, radio, phone, or navigation equipment on board the vessel. Prior to reaching shore, the vessel exhausted its fuel supply.

The crew of the Jane Ann IV located the vessel, at 10:15 p.m., and notified the Coast Guard. Station Alpena responded and took the subject back to shore, where he was treated and released by EMS.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit reminds the boating public to heed all broadcasted weather warnings during impending storms. People on the water should exercise caution, wear properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD), tell a family member or friend where they are going and when they will return, and have a reliable means of communication.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions from Alpena, Michigan to Vermilion, Ohio on Lake Huron, the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, Lake St. Clair and Western Lake Erie.

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