Coast Guard Air Station Detroit rescues 3 teens beset by weather on Stony Island in Detroit River

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued three teens who became stranded on Stony Island in the Detroit River due to deteriorating weather conditions Friday evening.

Just after 5 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report that three boys had become stranded on Stony Island. Watchstanders made contact with the teens, who reported they had crossed from Grosse Isle, Michigan, to Stony Island in a 12-foot boat and were unable to return because of the worsening weather conditions.

An aircrew aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was already airborne conducting training in the area and diverted to locate the teens.

Sector Detroit also directed a boat crew to respond from Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, aboard a 45-foot response boat.

The aircrew located the boys and vectored the response boat crew to the scene, but they were unable to reach the teens due to the shallow water depth.

Responders determined the safest way to rescue the boys would be via helicopter hoist.

The aircrew safely hoisted all three boys aboard the helicopter and took them to Grosse Isle Airport where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel and their parents.

All three teens were evaluated by EMS and released.

“Weather conditions on the Great Lakes can quickly deteriorate, especially in the spring and fall,” said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland. “It is important to check the forecast before you leave and keep an eye out for any changes.”

The owner of the 12-foot boat intends to retrieve the vessel when weather permits.

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