Coast Guard assists injured person on ice in Saginaw River

Great Lakes Coast Guard News
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted in an ice rescue near the mouth of the Saginaw River in Bay City, Mich., Friday.

At 8 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received notification of a man who was injured in a snowmobile accident, having been thrown off his snowmobile 300 yards offshore near the mouth of the Saginaw River.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 20-foot Special Purpose Craft-Air launched from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich.

A rescue crew from the Bangor Township Fire Department was first on scene and administered first aid to the injured person, but they were unable to transport the person to shore.

The SPC-AIR crew took the injured person to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources boatramp in Bay City to awaiting emergency medical services.. The injured person was taken by EMS to McLauren Hospital in Bay City.

When transferred to EMS, the person was breathing but unresponsive.

“The Coast Guard has to be prepared for anything,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Sayers, assigned to Station Saginaw River.

“Right now, our concern is people falling through the ice, but we are ready and have trained for all situations, such as injuries on the ice.”

When venturing out on the ice, the Coast Guard encourages people to always remember the acronym I.C.E.:

Intelligence – know the weather and ice conditions, know where you are going, and know how to call for help. Never go out alone.

Clothing – have the proper clothing to prevent hypothermia. Wear a waterproof exposure suit and a life jacket.

Equipment – have the proper equipment. Carry a cellular phone or marine band radio in a waterproof container so that you can call for help.

For five important facts about ice click here.

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