EUPT, USCG partner to improve winter ferry service in upper Michigan

EUPT, USCG partner to improve winter ferry service in upper Michigan
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Eastern Upper Peninsula Transit Authority singed a Memorandum of Understanding with a unified goal of improving ferry service during the winter to the St. Marys River’s three island communities in upper Michigan, Friday. Capt. Marko Broz, commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, and Pete Paramski, director of the EUP Transit Authority,...

Enforcement measures increase against unlicensed mariners carrying passengers for hire

Enforcement measures increase against unlicensed mariners carrying passengers for hire
DULUTH, Minn. — The Coast Guard is stepping up enforcement measures on boat operators illegally taking passengers for hire. This summer the Coast Guard will conduct operations to stop illegal passenger vessel operators in Northern Minnesota and Western Lake Superior waters. A similar operation was conducted last summer in the vicinity of Chicago, and during those operations fifty percent of stopped...

Coast Guard, local police searching for missing person in Rapid City, Michigan

Coast Guard, local police searching for missing person in Rapid City, Michigan
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo RAPID CITY, Mich., — The U.S. Coast Guard and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department are searching Lake Skegemog near Rapid City and the surrounding area for a possible missing person, Tuesday. John Murray White, 46, of Traverse City did not report to work Monday and was last seen Saturday according to a report...

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards meet for annual ice conference in Cleveland

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards meet for annual ice conference in Cleveland
Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, stands with Julie Gascon, the Canadian Coast Guard assistant commissioner for the Central and Arctic Region, Nov. 2, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher M. Yaw) CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards met at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland Wednesday and Thursday...

Northern Michigan Coast Guard units, lighthouse society honor fallen Coast Guard member 46 years after tragedy

Northern Michigan Coast Guard units, lighthouse society honor fallen Coast Guard member 46 years after tragedy
Linda Ashley VandenHeuvel and Michael Ashley, joined by Coast Guard Ensign Suzannah Peters of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, honor their brother, Seaman Don Ashley during a ceremony in DeTour Village, Michigan on Aug. 17, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich — A U.S. Coast Guardsman who lost his life more than 46 years ago while serving at the DeTour Reef Lighthouse in Upper...

Coast Guard rescues man overdue in Wilderness State Park

Coast Guard rescues man overdue in Wilderness State Park
Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man from Wilderness State Park in Northern Lower Michigan early Thursday morning. Just before 1 a.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, were notified by the Chippewa, Charlevoix, Emmet County 911 Dispatch that a son had reported his father overdue from a trip to Wilderness...

Coast Guard warns – Great Lakes’ water is still cold

Coast Guard warns - Great Lakes' water is still cold
SAULT STE MARIE, Michigan — The Coast Guard is reminding boaters to prepare for cold water despite warmer air temperatures. Although air temperatures are predicted to exceed 80 degrees this week, water temperatures of Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are still only in the high 30s to low 50s. “Many people might not realize, but water as warm as 76 degrees is still considered cold and carries...

Coast Guard medevacs 2 people off Beaver Island

Coast Guard medevacs 2 people off Beaver Island
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Coast Guard aircrew from Traverse City medically evacuated two people off Beaver Island Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received a medevac request from officials on Beaver Island early Friday evening. Due to poor visibility and icing conditions, an aircrew from Traverse City was forced to delay its response. By late morning Saturday, weather...

Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie warns of unstable ice

Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie warns of unstable ice
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan — With the forecast rain, wind and above-freezing temperatures this weekend, the Coast Guard is urging people to use extreme caution when venturing onto the ice across Lake Superior, St. Marys River, and the northern parts of lakes Michigan and Huron. The Coast Guard is also increasing its ice breaking operations in preparation for the upcoming maritime shipping season,...