Coast Guard rescues man overdue in Wilderness State Park

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man from Wilderness State Park in Northern Lower Michigan early Thursday morning.

Just before 1 a.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, were notified by the Chippewa, Charlevoix, Emmet County 911 Dispatch that a son had reported his father overdue from a trip to Wilderness State Park, Temperance Island and Wagoschance Island.

It was reported that the man made this voyage regularly. His vehicle and boat trailer were found still at the boat ramp and the man’s son reported his father did not normally have a radio on board, but usually brought a life jacket.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City along with a 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace. National Park Service personnel searched the shoreline using an ATV. An Emmet County Sheriff’s boat also joined in the search.

Shortly after launch the crew of the MH-60 arrived on scene and located a person along the shore signaling them with a flashlight. The rescue swimmer was lowered, confirmed the person was the missing man and treated him for a minor arm injury.

The man was hoisted aboard and taken to Pellston Airport.

The Coast Guard reminds people of the importance of being prepared prior to taking a trip. Be sure to file a float plan, take along a reliable means of communication and always wear your life jacket.

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