Coast Guard Station Saginaw River assists 5 disoriented people on Saginaw Bay

d9CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard assisted two adults and three children on Saginaw Bay after the family became disoriented due to low visibility while riding on an all-terrain vehicle Sunday evening.

Around 6:15 p.m., command center watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a call from 911 dispatch reporting two adults and three kids were disoriented on Saginaw Bay.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Michigan, launched aboard a 20-foot airboat to locate the people. Dispatchers used the caller’s cell phone signal to triangulate the family’s position, and Sector Detroit vectored the rescue crew to where the five were located.

The rescue team escorted all five and their ATV back to shore. No injuries were reported.

“Being familiar with the area you are in is just as important this time of the year as it is during the summer,” said Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Settel, the assistant command center chief at Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “Check the weather before going out, and be sure you are aware of current ice conditions. Having a reliable way to call for help, like a marine radio or an electronic position indicating radio beacon, is also a must.”

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