Great Lakes Coast Guard assists more than 300 over holiday weekend

Great Lakes Coast Guard assists more than 300 over holiday weekend
CLEVELAND — Coast Guard units throughout the Great Lakes reported their busiest Independence Day weekend in at least five years Sunday, conducting more than 100 search-and-rescue cases and saving or assisting more than 300 people throughout the region. Despite those successes, at least two lives were also lost on the lakes during that time period, which stretched from July 3-5. Cases ranged from...

Coast Guard holds change of command ceremony for commander of Great Lakes region

Coast Guard holds change of command ceremony for commander of Great Lakes region
Rear Adm. June Ryan (right) salutes Rear Adm. Fred Midgette (left) to signify she is taking command of the Coast Guard 9th District from Midgette during a change of command ceremony in Cleveland Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Lauren Jorgensen) CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard held a change-of-command ceremony for its 9th District, which spans the five Great Lakes,...

Coast Guard to hold change-of-command ceremony for commander of Great Lakes region

Coast Guard to hold change-of-command ceremony for commander of Great Lakes region
Rear Adm. Fred M. Midgette CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony for its 9th District, which spans the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center Wednesday afternoon. Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, will preside over the ceremony...

Coast Guard holds change-of-command, retirement ceremonies for commander of Great Lakes region

Coast Guard holds change-of-command, retirement ceremonies for commander of Great Lakes region
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard held a change-of-command ceremony for its 9th District, which spans the five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and parts of the surrounding states, as well as a retirement ceremony for its departing commander at the Cleveland Convention Center Thursday afternoon. Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, presided over the ceremony to transfer...

Prompted by recent violations, Coast Guard urges boaters to take advantage of free safety checks

CLEVELAND — Following a weekend during which Coast Guard boarding officers issued notices of violation to six Great Lakes boaters and sent them back to the docks early for lacking required safety equipment, the Coast Guard is urging mariners Monday to take advantage of the many boater education courses and free vessel safety checks offered throughout the Great Lakes region. Just like routinely changing...

Coast Guards warns: air temps may be rising, but water temps still dangerously low

CLEVELAND — In light of several recent search and rescue cases, the 9th Coast Guard District is warning Great Lakes citizens and visitors Thursday that, regardless of unseasonably warm air temperatures expected across the region this weekend, water temperatures remain dangerously low. Additionally, the Coast Guard is providing safety tips and recommendations to promote safe outdoor recreation on...

Great Lakes Coast Guard units celebrate Veterans Day

CLEVELAND — Coast Guard men and women from across the 9th Coast Guard District celebrated Veterans Day at various observances today, as well as earlier this month. Throughout the Great Lakes region, Coast Guard units hosted Veterans Day observances, supported community events, and honored those who served before. “Our nation owes its existence to those Americans who have fought for — and...