Coast Guard locates vessel with 49 people lost in heavy fog off Navy Pier

Coast Guard locates vessel with 49 people lost in heavy fog off Navy Pier
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker. CHICAGO — The Coast Guard located a motor vessel with 49 people aboard after one of the passengers called 911 stating she was concerned that the operator had become disoriented in heavy fog off of Navy Pier...

Chicago Coast Guard units honored by Chicago Federal Executive Board

Chicago Coast Guard units honored by Chicago Federal Executive Board
Chief Warrant Officer Matthew James, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, and Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago, accept the 2018 Federal Agency of the Year Award from the Chicago Federal Executive Board  May 10, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) CHICAGO — The U.S. Coast Guard was recognized...

Coast Guard rescues 3 people, 2 dogs near Wilmette, Illinois

Coast Guard rescues 3 people, 2 dogs near Wilmette, Illinois
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew rescued three people and two dogs who were unable to return to harbor due to heavy weather near Wilmette Harbor, Illinois, Sunday evening. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received notification from Coast Guard Station Wilmette Harbor of a report that a de-masted, 37-foot sailboat was under power...

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. Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor received a call from 911 dispatch early Tuesday about two boats on fire in the marina. A boat crew launched aboard...

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...