Coast Guard, local agencies rescue 10 people, 3 dogs from Chocolay River flooding

Petty Officers Gerard Gagnon, Tim Koscielny and Terry Bailey launch a rescue skiff Oct. 18 ,2016, down a flooded driveway near the Chocolay River in Marquette, Michigan. Crews worked with the Chocolay Fire Department evacuating citizens from their homes located along the river. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Marquette)

Petty Officers Gerard Gagnon, Tim Koscielny and Terry Bailey launch a rescue skiff Oct. 18 ,2016, down a flooded driveway near the Chocolay River in Marquette, Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Marquette)

SAULT STE MARIE, Michigan, — The Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued 10 people and three dogs from the floods along the Chocolay River near Marquette, Michigan, Tuesday morning.

At 6 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie received a call from the Chocolay, Michigan, Fire Department requesting help locating victims of floodwaters from the Chocolay River.

Responding were a crew from Coast Guard Station Marquette aboard a SKF-ICE and a rescue air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

Also, crews from Station Marquette assisted local first responders by going door-to-door looking for any individuals in danger.

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City conducted searches of the river with no signs of people in danger.

Throughout the morning, crews from the station rescued and assisted 10 people and three dogs.

“All the rescues were conducted before daylight,” said Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Patrick Brown, officer-in-charge at Coast Guard Station Marquette. “Rescue crews faced dangerous currents, debris and darkness during the rescues.”

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