Coast Guard Investigating Floating Debris Field

LORAIN, Ohio (D9 Public Affairs) – The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting an investigation to determine the source of approximately 30 bags of garbage dumped into Lake Erie on Sunday.

The Coast Guard was alerted of the floating debris by a concerned citizen.

A 41-foot utility boat crew from Coast Guard Station Lorain spent more than five hours recovering the waste found approximately 12 miles off Avon Point, OH. An Air Station Detroit HH-65 Dolphin helicopter assisted with the search for debris.

“The items recovered are consistent with what would be found on a large ship and not a recreational vessel,” said Lt. David French, Public Affairs Officer for the Ninth Coast Guard District.

“Coast Guard investigators have identified a suspect vessel; however, additional details regarding the potential source and the investigation will not be released until the investigation is completed,” added French.

Public awareness was integral to locating and recovering this debris, and, in this case, may play a role in assisting the Coast Guard’s identification of a source. The America’s Waterway Watch program encourages all people to report suspicious maritime activity to the Coast Guard and/or other law enforcement agencies.

“I appreciate the public’s help in reporting this matter to the Coast Guard and encourage those that live, work and recreate on the Great Lakes to participate in the America’s Waterways Watch program,” said Rear Adm. Peter V. Neffenger, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District.

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