Sector Sault Ste. Marie to receive Purple Heart for long-lost WWI sailor

Sector Sault Ste. Marie to receive Purple Heart for long-lost WWI sailor
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — On the 104th anniversary of the torpedoing of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, Sector Sault Ste. Marie will receive a Purple Heart on behalf of the family of one of the ship’s crewmen, local Coast Guard sailor Alfonso J. Busho. Personnel from the sector will gather to mark the event at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in the sector dining facility. A Sault Ste. Marie native,...

Coast Guard assists Mackinac Island ferry that lost steering in Straits

Coast Guard assists Mackinac Island ferry that lost steering in Straits
Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay file photo by Daniel R. Michelson MACKINAW CITY, Mich. — The Coast Guard and others responded Tuesday in the Straits of Mackinac after a Mackinac Island ferry with 144 passengers and four crewmembers aboard lost steering while on its way from the island. The Star Line ferry Huron lost steering about 6 p.m. and was subsequently unable to deploy its anchor. The vessel...

Coast Guard icebreaker medevacs woman from icebound Mackinac Island

Coast Guard icebreaker medevacs woman from icebound Mackinac Island
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay and emergency workers embark a patient being medevaced from Mackinac Island, Mich. February 7, 2022.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — The Coast Guard responded to an urgent request for medical assistance on Mackinac Island Monday in an unusually improvisational way. Watchstanders received notification of a woman in need of critical...

Coast Guard seeks participants for Straits of Mackinac ports and waterways assessment workshop

Coast Guard seeks participants for Straits of Mackinac ports and waterways assessment workshop
CLEVELAND ― The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting for members of the public to participate in a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) workshop for the Straits of Mackinac that will take place in St. Ignace, Michigan, July 24 and 25. A longstanding and proven Coast Guard process for formal public study, a PAWSA is a joint effort involving waterway users, stakeholders, and agencies to focus on...

EUPT, USCG partner to improve winter ferry service in upper Michigan

EUPT, USCG partner to improve winter ferry service in upper Michigan
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Eastern Upper Peninsula Transit Authority singed a Memorandum of Understanding with a unified goal of improving ferry service during the winter to the St. Marys River’s three island communities in upper Michigan, Friday. Capt. Marko Broz, commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, and Pete Paramski, director of the EUP Transit Authority,...

Enforcement measures increase against unlicensed mariners carrying passengers for hire

Enforcement measures increase against unlicensed mariners carrying passengers for hire
DULUTH, Minn. — The Coast Guard is stepping up enforcement measures on boat operators illegally taking passengers for hire. This summer the Coast Guard will conduct operations to stop illegal passenger vessel operators in Northern Minnesota and Western Lake Superior waters. A similar operation was conducted last summer in the vicinity of Chicago, and during those operations fifty percent of stopped...

Coast Guard, local police searching for missing person in Rapid City, Michigan

Coast Guard, local police searching for missing person in Rapid City, Michigan
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo RAPID CITY, Mich., — The U.S. Coast Guard and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department are searching Lake Skegemog near Rapid City and the surrounding area for a possible missing person, Tuesday. John Murray White, 46, of Traverse City did not report to work Monday and was last seen Saturday according to a report...

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards meet for annual ice conference in Cleveland

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards meet for annual ice conference in Cleveland
Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, the commander of the Coast Guard 9th District, stands with Julie Gascon, the Canadian Coast Guard assistant commissioner for the Central and Arctic Region, Nov. 2, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher M. Yaw) CLEVELAND — The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards met at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland Wednesday and Thursday...

Northern Michigan Coast Guard units, lighthouse society honor fallen Coast Guard member 46 years after tragedy

Northern Michigan Coast Guard units, lighthouse society honor fallen Coast Guard member 46 years after tragedy
Linda Ashley VandenHeuvel and Michael Ashley, joined by Coast Guard Ensign Suzannah Peters of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, honor their brother, Seaman Don Ashley during a ceremony in DeTour Village, Michigan on Aug. 17, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich — A U.S. Coast Guardsman who lost his life more than 46 years ago while serving at the DeTour Reef Lighthouse in Upper...