Coast Guard rescues injured snowmobiler on Saginaw River

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued an injured snowmobiler early Sunday morning, on the Saginaw River in the vicinity of the Smith Park in Essexville, Mich.

At about 1 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a phone call from a woman reporting that her friend was lost and injured on the Saginaw River. The woman stated that she, the injured man and another person were riding snowmobiles on the ice, and the injured man did not make it back to shore with them. The missing man then called her and reported that his snowmobile had flipped over and he was suffering from leg pain.

The SAR controller issued an urgent marine information broadcast and also directed the launch of an ice rescue team aboard a 20-foot airboat from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, located in Essexville, Mich.

After rescuing the man, the ice rescue team transported him to the Coast Guard station, where he was transferred to emergency medical personnel who further transported him to McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City, Mich.

The ice rescue crew marked the flipped snowmobile with lights, and the Coast Guard is issuing a public safety awareness broadcast until the owner can recover it.

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