Air Station Traverse City rescues overdue jet skier in Lake Michigan

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City rescued an overdue jet skier about four miles east of Green Bay at about 10 p.m., June 9, 2010.

Coast Guard crews aboard the Air Station Traverse City HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, and a Station Sturgeon Bay 25-foot response boat searched for the missing man.

A call was made by the missing man’s spouse letting authorities know he was overdue.

The aircrew found the hypothermic man in the water holding onto his overturned jet ski. He was wearing a personal flotation device.

The missing man’s jet ski broke down at approximately 7 p.m. and he was unable to keep the personal watercraft upright in the water.

“White caps caused by windy conditions made locating the overturned jet ski very difficult,” said Lt. Shawn McMillan, a member of the Traverse City aircrew. “Once the jet skier was spotted, we were able to rescue him quickly and get him to the airport where EMS was waiting to transport him to the hospital.”

Once transferred to Emergency Medical Services, the man was taken to Bellin Hospital in Green Bay for treatment.

The Coast Guard recommends you wear your PFD at all times when boating.

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