Coast Guard responds to boat fires in Hammond Marina

Coast Guard responds to boat fires in Hammond Marina
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat -Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Lester CHICAGO – The Coast Guard responded to two recreational vessels that caught fire and sank in Hammond Marina in Hammond, Indiana following an explosion, Tuesday. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor received a call...

Multiple weekend rescues prompt Coast Guard warning about cold water

Multiple weekend rescues prompt Coast Guard warning about cold water
USCG File Photo CHICAGO — The Coast Guard is reminding people who plan to recreate outdoors about the continued dangers of cold water despite warmer air temperatures. As temperatures approached 80 degrees in some areas of the Midwest Saturday and Sunday, people took to the water, and the Coast Guard responded to multiple cases on the Great Lakes involving boaters in distress, including four people...

Coast Guard urges people to avoid Lake Michigan shoreline due to high winds and heavy surf

Coast Guard urges people to avoid Lake Michigan shoreline due to high winds and heavy surf
U.S. Coast Guard File Photo CHICAGO — The Coast Guard, in advance of predicted high winds and heavy surf during the next two days, is advising the public to exercise caution, heed heavy surf warnings, and avoid the shorelines of Lake Michigan. People are urged to remain vigilant and stay away from beaches and off of rocks, jetties and piers as high winds out of the north-northeast are expected to...

Coast Guard urges mariners to secure vessels; prevent hazards to navigation

Coast Guard urges mariners to secure vessels; prevent hazards to navigation
A capsized and unmanned, adrift boat floats in the Sheboygan River near Sheboygan, Wisconsin, March 31, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) MILWAUKEE – The Coast Guard is urging mariners to ensure their vessels are properly secured to docks, piers and moorings to help prevent boats from accidentally breaking away, Monday. “In the past two months, our crews have responded to six unmanned and adrift...

Great Lakes Coast Guard has busy weekend, stresses boating safety

Great Lakes Coast Guard has busy weekend, stresses boating safety
CLEVELAND – Coast Guard crews across the Great lakes had a busy Operation Dry Water weekend, responding to more than 100 cases of mariners in distress, rescuing seven, assisting 133 and removing from the water 6 operators who were boating under the influence. With the longer Fourth of July weekend coming up, the Coast Guard stresses the importance of boating safe and sober. “Along with alcohol...

Sector Lake Michigan Coast Guard units to host free public open houses to promote National Safe Boating Week

Sector Lake Michigan Coast Guard units to host free public open houses to promote National Safe Boating Week
CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard units across Sector Lake Michigan, based in Milwaukee, are scheduled to host free public open houses in support of National Safe Boating Week, which runs from May 21 to May 28. National Safe Boating Week marks the launch of the 2016 North American Safe Boating Campaign. Throughout the week, Coast Guard stations will be participating in various events to promote safe...

Recreational boat hits breakwall near Calumet Harbor in Chicago

Recreational boat hits breakwall near Calumet Harbor in Chicago
A 22-foot recreational vessel rests on the Calumet Harbor breakwall near Chicago, July 26, 2015. (U.S. photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Borges) CHICAGO — The Coast Guard is reminding boaters to take precautions and to be prepared with the proper training and safety equipment after a recreational boat with three passengers hit a breakwall off Calumet Park in Lake Michigan, Saturday night. At...

Coast Guard rescues 16 people from burning boat north of Navy Pier in Chicago

Coast Guard rescues 16 people from burning boat north of Navy Pier in Chicago
U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Garloch CHICAGO — The Coast Guard rescued 16 people from their burning boat north of Navy Pier, near the Water Filtration Plant in Chicago, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor received a call at about 2:30 p.m. over Ch-16 marine radio about the fire on board a 35- pleasure craft. The watchstander directed a Coast...

Coast Guard urges caution on, near ice as warmer temperatures arrive

Coast Guard urges caution on, near ice as warmer temperatures arrive
CHICAGO — The Coast Guard is urging people to use extreme caution on and near waterways with the forecast for sustained, warmer temperatures beginning this weekend. The above freezing-temperatures could pose safety concerns on Lake Michigan and inland rivers, streams and ponds that have become frozen during the past few weeks. Rising temperatures will cause recently-frozen waters to further melt...