Summer Boating Season Starts With A Few Mishaps

MILWAUKEE – With warm, sunny weather, hundreds of boaters took to the waters of Lake Michigan, this weekend. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and Coast Guard small boat stations around Lake Michigan saw an increase in recreational boating traffic during the holiday weekend.

A beautiful weekend did have its share of mishaps.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan had a total of 23 search and rescue cases from Saturday, May 24th through Memorial Day. One of these cases included a Coast Guard Station Michigan City medical evacuation of an 82-year-old man that suffered a heart attack while salmon fishing on a charter vessel. Other cases around Lake Michigan included boats taking on water, vessels disabled and adrift, and one cited incident of Boating Under the Influence.

Boaters are encouraged to take a few extra precautions to ensure the rest of the boating is safe and enjoyable. These precautions include ensuring there is a sufficient number of Coast Guard approved life jackets onboard your boat, using a marine-band radio, NEVER boating under the influence, and always telling a close friend or family member what your “float plan” is and sticking to it.

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