Coast Guard, Marquette County Sheriff’s Department assist 9 on Partridge Island

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Marquette, Mich., assisted three adults and six children on Partridge Island after their 12-foot pleasure craft was beset by weather, Wednesday afternoon.

The communications watchstander at Station Marquette received a call for help from one of the stranded individuals via cell phone at about 1:00 p.m., CDT.

The boatcrew launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and embarked three emergency medical services personnel from Upper Harbor as a precaution. A Marquette County Sheriff’s Department boat also responded to the scene. A surface swimmer from Station Marquette swam to the beach and assisted the individuals onto the Sheriff’s Department vessel, which ferried the individuals to the RB-M.

The crew of the RB-M transported all nine people back to Station Marquette. There were no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard recommends boaters carry VHF-FM marine radios. A marine band radio is the best way to contact the Coast Guard or marine response agencies if you are in distress on the water. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio it is a broadcast, not just a one-to-one communication as when made via phone. When mariners ask for help on a marine radio, any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance. Channel 16 is the international distress frequency and should be used for emergencies only.

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