Coast Guard rescues person in water near Fox River

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 57-year-old male from Lake Michigan near the entrance of the Fox River here Monday at approximately 2 a.m.

The man was recovered by a Coast Guard helicopter and taken to Green Bay Airport where an Emergency Medical Services ambulance transported him to the hospital.

The Coast Guard received a report of an unmanned and adrift 23-foot sailing vessel at approximately 3 p.m., Sunday. A Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City HH-65C Dolphin helicopter, a Coast Guard Station Green Bay 23-foot response boat and a Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay 41-foot motor life boat were launched to find the missing boater.

The helicopter crew located the man in the water with the use of night-vision goggles.

“Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Chris Bemis (a rescue swimmer) spotted him waving his arms halfway through the second sortie, then Aviation Maintenance Technician 3rd Class James Demerest (a flight mechanic) and he worked together to hoist him out of the water,” said Cmdr. Keith Overstreet, the Air Station’s executive officer. “He was cold and the rescue swimmer attended to him.”

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