Weekend cases illustrate importance of safety precautions in the Great Lakes

Weekend cases illustrate importance of safety precautions in the Great Lakes
Coast Guard Station Niagara 45-foot Response Boat-Medium File Photo CLEVELAND — Coast Guard crews throughout the Great Lakes were involved in 81 cases, saved 56 lives, assisted 264 people over this past weekend. Two particular cases Sunday night resulted in six lives saved. An outcome that would have been much different if not for one thing the survivors did right. “In both these cases, the survivors...

Coast Guard responds to vessel fire on Detroit River

Coast Guard responds to vessel fire on Detroit River
Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo from Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay. DETROIT – The U.S. Coast Guard received notification from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton at approximately 2 p.m., Sunday, that the 641-foot Canadian motor vessel Tecumseh had an engine room fire near Zug Island on the United States’ side of the Detroit River. Coast Guard Sector Detroit...

Coast Guard rescues 2 people near Waukegan, IL

Coast Guard rescues 2 people near Waukegan, IL
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo CHICAGO ⎯ The Coast Guard rescued two people from the water near Waukegan, Illinois, Tuesday evening. Kathleen Root, 31, and Michael Root were hoisted by an MH-60 helicopter aircrew from Air Station Traverse City at approximately 7 p.m. central standard time. Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received a report...

Coast Guard rescues 46 from ice floe in western Lake Erie

Coast Guard rescues 46 from ice floe in western Lake Erie
Members from Coast Guard Station Marblehead rescue ice fishermen from an ice floe north of Catawaba Island, March 9, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo) CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies rescued 46 ice fishermen from an ice floe that broke free near Catawaba Island, Saturday. An additional estimated 100 people were able to self-rescue themselves from the ice floe either by swimming...

Coast Guard conducts pollution assessment after vessel fire in Port of Toledo

Coast Guard conducts pollution assessment after vessel fire in Port of Toledo
First responders from local Toledo Ohio fire departments respond to a fire aboard a 762-foot vessel in the Port of Toledo, February 16, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is conducting pollution assessment of the Maumee River following a fire onboard a vessel at the CSX Torco terminal in Oregon, Ohio in the Port of Toledo, Saturday. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector...

A Veterans Day Rescue and Remembrance

A Veterans Day Rescue and Remembrance
U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by PA2 Nicole Foguth On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 1986, fall had turned to winter in the southern Great Lakes region. A major blizzard had struck Winnipeg far to the north a few days earlier, and harsh weather blanketed the area. At some point during the day, a distress call was received at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. A small passenger plane crashed...

Coast Guard ends search for missing boater in Lake Erie off Vermilion, Ohio

Coast Guard ends search for missing boater in Lake Erie off Vermilion, Ohio
Coast Guard Station Marblehead 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo. CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing boater in Lake Erie after a body matching the description was located, Saturday. The missing boater was located at 12 p.m. by a good Samaritan approximately three miles north of the mouth of the Vermilion River, and was not wearing a life jacket. The search for the missing...

Coast Guard searching for missing boater in Lake Erie off Vermilion, Ohio

Coast Guard searching for missing boater in  Lake Erie off Vermilion, Ohio
Coast Guard Station Marblehead 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null) CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard, along with local authorities, is currently searching for a missing boater off of Vermilion, Ohio. Watchstanders in Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center received a call from local Erie County Sheriffs about 9 p.m., Friday, stating that an unmanned boat,...

Coast Guard Great Lakes responds to 16 cases over weekend

Coast Guard Great Lakes responds to 16 cases over weekend
CLEVELAND — Coast Guard Ninth District crews responded to a total of nine search and rescue cases and seven law enforcement cases throughout the Great Lakes Region over the weekend. Highlights from weekend search and rescue cases include: A 46-year-old male became overwhelmed by weather conditions while transiting from Peche Island to Belle Isle, Michigan, via kayak, Friday. He contacted his father...