Coast Guard to begin 2-week search and rescue field exercise

Great Lakes Coast Guard News
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Coast Guard will conduct a search and rescue field exercise in Green Bay, scheduled to begin Friday and running through Feb 21.

The exercise will take place on the ice and in the air over an area covering approximately eight square miles offshore of Red River Park. Portions of the exercise will be conducted during the day, while other aspects will be conducted during the night.

During the field exercise, called the “Ice Sweep Width Study,” 20 mannequins will be strategically placed and used to simulate persons in distress either in the water or on the ice. The general public is asked to ignore and to not disturb the mannequins.

The general public may see rescue crews from the Coast Guard and the Brown County Sherriff’s Department in action on the ice and in the air. Coast Guard assets will include an MH-65C rescue helicopter, recognizable by its bright orange color. A 22-foot Special Purpose Craft-Airboat will also be used. The SPC-AIRs are utilized by various Coast Guard units for ice rescue missions, flood response, and shallow water response where deep draft vessels cannot go.

The Ice Sweep Width Study is being conducted to gather information and data that will be used to assist search and rescue responders on the Great Lakes, and for the purpose of decreasing the time needed to locate and reach a person in distress.

Although people are requested to stay clear of any area involved in the exercise, designated by the presence of a mannequin, the general public should remain vigilant while recreating on any ice and call 911 to report a person in distress.

Coast Guard duty personnel at area small boat stations will not be affected by the exercise, and will maintain the watch and be available to respond to any persons in distress.

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