Coast Guard Searches for Overdue Fisherman

DETROIT – U.S. Coast Guard and the local Sheriff’s department is searching for an ice fisherman, today, who was overdue from a morning fishing trip.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center received the call yesterday at 9:50 p.m.

The 52-year-old man was reported to have left from Brest Bay Marina near Monroe, Michigan to go ice fishing at approximately 5:00AM yesterday morning.

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was diverted to search for the man, along with a helicopter from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and an ice rescue team from Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio. The Coast Guard and the Sheriff’s Office have conducted extensive searches of an approximately 30 square mile area and continue the search at this time.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit reminds the public that Great Lakes ice conditions are becoming dangerously unstable due to the recent warming trend. Those desiring to recreate on the ice should exercise extreme caution, use the buddy system, wear a flotation device and a waterproof exposure suit, carry ice picks, tell a family member or friend where they are going and when they will return, and have a means to communicate if an accident occurs.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions from Alpena, Michigan to Marblehead, Ohio on Lake Huron, the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, Lake St. Clair and Western Lake Erie.

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