Season ends at Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan

The Coast Guard shut down its seasonal air facility in Waukegan, Ill., Sept. 7, following a busy summer.

The facility is located at Waukegan Regional Airport and is open during the traditional boating season, which runs Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, to provide enhanced search and rescue services to the high volume of summer boaters in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Since Memorial Day, air crews from the Waukegan air facility assisted two boaters and spent a total of 101 hours responding to 42 search and rescue cases.

During the season, two air crews – each made up of two pilots, a flight mechanic and a rescue swimmer – and one HH-65C rescue helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., man the air facility to provide search and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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