Coast Guardsmen from Michigan, Ohio units depart to assist response to Hurricane Sandy

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — The 9th Coast Guard District has dispatched four Coast Guard airboats and crews Tuesday to assist people on the East Coast who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

More than a dozen Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard stations in Marblehead, Ohio, St. Clair Shores, Mich., Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich., and Belle Isle in Detroit deployed Tuesday morning, heading toward Delaware Bay.

The units received a solicitation for assistance at about 5 p.m., Monday night and departed Station Marblehead at 10 a.m., Tuesday.

“We are providing crewmembers and assets that are normally used for ice rescue operations and are now going to be used in a completely different environment,” said Capt. Jeff Ogden, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

“There are millions of people affected by this storm, and we are ready to assist them in any way we can.”

Even with the deployment of personnel and airboats, the individual units and Sector Detroit remain fully mission-capable and remain ready to assist mariners that may find themselves in distress in the Great Lakes.

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