Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in the western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in the western Great Lakes
Coast Guard Cutter Alder file photo SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite today in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region. Today, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder was assigned to manage...

Coast Guard Cutter Alder to hold public tours in Duluth

Coast Guard Cutter Alder to hold public tours in Duluth
Coast Guard Cutter Alder file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Johnson CLEVELAND — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, home-ported in Duluth, Minnesota, is scheduled to hold a free public tour, Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cutter will be moored at the pier behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The tour is being held as part of the 30th annual Gales of November.

Coast Guard Cutter Alder crew aids 3 near Duluth

Coast Guard Cutter Alder crew aids 3 near Duluth
Coast Guard Cutter Alder file photo CLEVELAND — The crew of a Coast Guard Cutter Alder small boat rescued three people early Monday evening when the crew witnessed a 15-foot sailboat capsize in Duluth Harbor. No injuries were reported. At around 6 p.m., CDT, the crew onboard the Alder’s small boat was underway for line-handling drills near the Duluth lift bridge when they witnessed the sailboat...

Spring restored – Coast Guard finishes buoy operations early

Spring restored - Coast Guard finishes buoy operations early
Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay transits Lake Superior near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore May 10, 2017, after working their final buoy of operation Spring Restore.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Gould) CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard completed Operation Spring Restore Tuesday, five days ahead of schedule. Spring Restore involves the re-installment of 1,216 federal navigational...

Coast Guard to break ice in Duluth-Superior

Coast Guard to break ice in Duluth-Superior
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder is scheduled to commence spring break out operations in the Duluth-Superior area Thursday. These operations will continue periodically over the next few days and weeks to prepare regional waterways for the start of the Great Lakes commercial navigation season. Initially, ice breaking operations will occur inside the Duluth and Superior Harbors....

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite
The Coast Guard Cutter Alder breaks a path through the ice in the Keweenaw Waterway near Houghton, Mich., Dec. 16, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAULT SAINTE MARIE, Mich. – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite Monday in response to developing ice conditions in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the St Marys River. Operation Taconite is the Coast...

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite in western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins Operation Taconite in western Great Lakes
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste Marie commenced Operation Taconite Wednesday in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior, Green Bay and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impeded commercial navigation, several icebreakers were assigned to each region. Recently, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was dispatched to assist two vessels...

Coast Guard hoists 4 people from Lake Michigan in 2 storm-related cases Sunday

Coast Guard hoists 4 people from Lake Michigan in 2 storm-related cases Sunday
CHICAGO – The Coast Guard safely hoisted 4 persons from Lake Michigan in two separate, storm-related cases Sunday. At approximately 5:25 p.m. EST, watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan command center in Milwaukee received a call, via Leelanau County 911, from a man stating that he and his 33-year-old brother were kayaking near the Manitou Islands in northern Michigan when a severe...

Coast Guard medically evacuates man from 35-foot sailboat on Lake Huron

Coast Guard medically evacuates man from 35-foot sailboat on Lake Huron
CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard crews conducted a MEDEVAC of a 74-year-old man from a 35-foot sailboat involved in the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race early Sunday morning on northern Lake Huron. Just before 6:30 a.m., the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, homeported in Duluth, Minnesota, and deployed to assist with the race, was contacted by the sailboat stating that a crew member had lost...