Coast Guard receives new search-and-rescue airboat on Thursday

SAGINAW, Mich. — Coast Guard Station Saginaw River is the first to receive a new version of the Special Purpose Craft SPC airboat from Midwest Rescue Airboats at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.

As the Ice Capabilities Center of Excellence ICCE, Station Saginaw River will be conducting training and testing of the new craft until it is found to be a suitable platform for Coast Guard operations.

The new airboat can be one of the many tools the ICCE uses to increase its response times and on-scene time.

The Coast Guard has been using a different version of SPC airboats successfully for ice rescues, flood responses and hurricane responses.

“The new state-of-the-art Special Purpose Craft will potentially allow the station crew members to do the challenging missions of ice rescue in a safer and more comfortable fashion and will provide the public with safer and more efficient ice rescue service,” said Capt. Jeff Ogden, Chief of Response for the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland.

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