Great Lakes Coast Guard has busy 223rd birthday weekend, saves 2, assists 95

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CLEVELAND — Coast Guard 9th District crews across the Great Lakes had a busy weekend, responding to 84 cases of mariners in distress, saving two people and assisting 95 others. Sunday was the service’s 223rd birthday.

The following synopses are some of the rescue and assist cases the Coast Guard was involved in throughout the lakes.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement rescued a kayaker who capsized in Lake Erie Friday night. The man was kayaking with his brother near North Bass Island when his brother lost sight of him and called 911. Responding to the missing man were rescue assets from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, the Put-in-Bay, Ohio, harbor master, and a Life Flight rescue helicopter crew. The aircrew spotted the capsized kayaker and notified the SPC-LE crew of the man’s position.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water rescued a man suffering from signs of a head/neck injury after the man dove into the water from a boat in Lake St. Clair, Saturday night. The rescue crew placed the injured a man in a neck brace and placed him on a backboard. A rescue boatcrew from Clay Township, Mich., aboard an airboat arrived on scene and transported him to shore, where emergency medical services further transported him to McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Mich.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 33-foot SPC-LE from Station Marblehead assisted two people whose boat was taking on water in Lake Erie, Friday night.

Rescue boatcrews aboard a 24-foot SPC-SW and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich., assisted five people on a 21-foot boat that was taking on water in Saginaw Bay, Friday night.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Mich., assisted five people aboard a 23-foot boat that had run aground and was taking on water in the Straits of Mackinac near Mackinac Island, Saturday morning. A good Samaritan also responded to the boat taking on water after hearing the urgent marine information broadcast being broadcast over marine radio by a watchstander at the station. Due the shallow water, a member of the Coast Guard rescue crew embarked on the good Samaritan’s boat and facilitated the transfer onto the RB-S.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot RB-S from Coast Guard Station Buffalo, N.Y., assisted one person aboard a 27-foot boat that was taking on water in Buffalo’s outer harbor, Saturday afternoon. A member of the rescue boatcrew was able to secure the water entering the man’s boat and a commercial salvor towed the 27-foot boat to safety.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot RB-S from Coast Guard Station Sackets Harbor, N.Y., assisted two people aboard a disabled 23-foot boat in Lake Ontario, Saturday afternoon.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 33-foot SPC-LE from Station Marblehead assisted two people aboard a 47-foot sailboat that was taking on water in Lake Erie, Sunday morning.

Rescue boatcrews aboard a 45-foot RB-M and a 24-foot SPC-SW from Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, assisted three adults and one child aboard a 23-foot boat that was taking on water in Lake Erie, Sunday night. Members of the SPC-SW went aboard the 23-foot boat and secured the flooding while four of the people were transferred to the RB-M. After the flooding was secured, the RB-M towed the boat to safety.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot RB-S from Coast Guard Station St. Joseph, Mich., and a rescue aircrew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Muskegon, Mich., assisted in the search for a missing boater in Lake Michigan, Sunday night. The woman was on a 14-foot boat transiting in Lake Michigan when she fell into the water. Also searching were rescue crews from Berrien County, Mich., Sheriff’s Department Marine Division and Chikaming Township, Mich., Fire Department, who found the woman and transported her to shore.

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