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,...

Coast Guard air station medically evacuates man from Beaver Island

Coast Guard air station medically evacuates man from Beaver Island
Traverse City, Michigan – U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City medically evacuated a man experiencing a life-threatening illness from Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan Saturday morning. Early in the morning search-and-rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received notice from officials on the island of a man needing a medical evacuation. After consulting with...

Coast Guard, local team save 2 from Portage Lake on Keewenaw Peninsula

Coast Guard, local team save 2 from Portage Lake on Keewenaw Peninsula
US Coast Guard File Photo HOUGHTON, Mich. – Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Portage, Mich., and the Houghton County Fire Department saved two people after they broke through ice on Portage Lake on the Keewenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received a report from Houghton County Emergency Dispatch at about 1:35 p.m. that two persons had broken through...

Coast Guard, local agencies rescue 10 people, 3 dogs from Chocolay River flooding

Coast Guard, local agencies rescue 10 people, 3 dogs from Chocolay River flooding
Petty Officers Gerard Gagnon, Tim Koscielny and Terry Bailey launch a rescue skiff Oct. 18 ,2016, down a flooded driveway near the Chocolay River in Marquette, Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Marquette) SAULT STE MARIE, Michigan, — The Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued 10 people and three dogs from the floods along the Chocolay River near Marquette, Michigan, Tuesday morning. At...

Coast Guard air crew rescues stranded kayaker in Lake Superior

Coast Guard air crew rescues stranded kayaker in Lake Superior
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard air crew rescued a kayaker in Lake Superior Friday afternoon. At 1 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received an emergency transmission over marine radio from a kayaker reporting that he and three other kayakers had capsized and had become separated from their group in Lake Superior near Grand Island. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie watchstanders...