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, City of Harbor Beach discuss changes to local Coast Guard operations

Coast Guard, City of Harbor Beach discuss changes to local Coast Guard operations
HARBOR BEACH, Mich. — Representatives with the U.S. Coast Guard, City of Harbor Beach, and Harbor Beach response agencies met in Harbor Beach Friday to discuss a Coast Guard proposal to optimize its response capabilities by adjusting how it operates Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, starting as early as the fall of 2016. Under the proposed plan, Station Harbor Beach will remain staffed with response...

Great Lakes Coast Guard and partners assist with 13 search and rescue cases during Memorial Day weekend

Great Lakes Coast Guard and partners assist with 13 search and rescue cases during Memorial Day weekend
CLEVELAND — Five instances of boaters operating under the influence of alcohol and 13 search and rescue cases across the Great Lakes during the recent holiday weekend showcase the need for boating safety precautions and the importance of boaters looking out for each other. Numerous good Samaritan boaters and local responders arrived on scene and rendered assistance  to distressed boaters prior...

Coast Guard and partners respond to 46 search and rescue cases across the Great Lakes

Coast Guard and partners respond to 46 search and rescue cases across the Great Lakes
Cleveland – Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary crews, partner rescue agencies and good Samaritans across the Great Lakes responded to more than 46 cases of mariners in distress this past weekend. Coast Guard crews rescued 12 people across the Lakes. At 10:23 p.m., Friday, a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Fairport, Ohio, aboard a 25-foot response boat, responded to a report of two people...

Coast Guard stresses cold water, ice safety

Coast Guard stresses cold water, ice safety
CLEVELAND — With winter here to stay and ice formation forecasted across the Great Lakes system, the 9th Coast Guard District reminds people to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on or around cold water and frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes. Rescuers from 9th District and its search-and-rescue partners rescued 53 people last winter from either cold water or ice conditions. The...

Coast Guard Stations Tawas, Harbor Beach rescue 3 men aboard flooding speedboat

CLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard boatcrews from Stations Tawas, Mich., and Harbor Beach, Mich., rescued three men after the boat they were aboard reportedly struck an underwater object and began taking on water near Hat Point in Hume, Mich., Sunday evening. The Port Austin, Mich., men used the 21-foot speedboat’s VHF-FM marine radio to call for help at 6 p.m. following the accident. Rescue 21, Station...

Coast Guard assists kayaker near Port Austin, MI

CLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Mich., assisted a 53-year-old male kayaker near Port Austin, Mich., Wednesday evening. Huron County dispatchers notified a boatcrew from Station Harbor Beach, which was already underway, of a kayaker having difficulty making it back to shore at about 5:30 p.m., via VHF-FM radio. The boatcrew, aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow...