Coast Guard rescues woman near lighthouse

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – US. Coast Guard Station Sheboygan rescued a 50-60-year-old female near a five-six-foot high jetty along the northside of the Sheboygan Lighthouse at approximately 4 p.m.Saturday.

“She was breathing, not responsive; we went wide open to bring her to shore,” said Machinery Technician 2nd Class Nathan Williamsen, Station Sheboygan Officer-of-the-day.

A 41-foot utility boat crew arrived on-scene within minutes to pluck the woman to safety from the waters near the jetty surrounded by rocks.

According to Williamsen, the water temperature was between 34-35 degrees, and the woman displayed signs of hypothermia upon transfer to medical personnel.

The crew transferred her to awaiting Emergency Medical Services on shore, which took her to Memorial Hospital in Sheboygan, Wis.

The station initially received a call from the sheriff’s department at approximately 3:45 p.m. Saturday reporting a woman seen in the water near the jetty wall.

With the start of winter and the advent of ice, the Coast Guard would like to remind citizens to observe the following:

I – Intelligence (research the weather, know the area, leave word with family/friends)

C – Clothing (wear an exposure suit or clothing that can help protect you if you fall in the water)

E – Equipment (cell phones, screwdrivers to help you climb out of the water, or a radio to call for help, etc.)

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