Coast Guard rescues man near Calumet Harbor, Ill.

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Calumet Harbor, Ill., rescued a man after his recreational vessel allided with the breakwall near Calumet Harbor, Wednesday.

Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, received notification of a vessel hitting the rocks at about 1 p.m., CST.

The rescue boatcrew, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, was already underway in the area, and saw the man standing on the rocks, waving his arms.

The man was wearing a life jacket.

“Winds in the area at the time were more than 35 knots, so it was difficult to make our approach and safely pick the man up,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Nofzinger, coxswain of the 45-foot RB-M. “We were able to direct him into a location where we could safely get him onboard and get him back to the station.”

The boatcrew safely transported the man back to Station Calumet Harbor, where he was met by emergency medical services and treated for mild hypothermia.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to wear their life jackets at all times while boating. It is much more difficult to locate and don a life jacket during an emergency.

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