Coast Guard assists 2 separate disabled vessels in Lake Superior

Coast Guard assists 2 separate disabled vessels in Lake Superior
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard assisted two separate disabled vessels in Lake Superior late Sunday night, towing the vessels to local marinas. At 8:53 p.m., a rescue boat crew, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bayfield, Wis., responded to an urgent marine information broadcast issued by the harbor master at Saxon Harbor, which is located on Lake Superior’s Oronto...

Coast Guard locates 4 boaters on overdue vessel, concluding 9-hour search

Coast Guard locates 4 boaters on overdue vessel, concluding 9-hour search
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — Crews concluded a nine-hour search effort for four people reported overdue when they were found safe Sunday in western Lake Superior.The names of those aboard are not being released, and there is no Coast Guard imagery. The search began when a family member of one of the boaters called the Lake County, Minn., emergency dispatch to report that the vessel was overdue at...

Coast Guard warns of unsafe ice conditions due to increasingly warm weather

Coast Guard warns of unsafe ice conditions due to increasingly warm weather
DULUTH, Minn. — U.S. Coast Guard Station Duluth is issuing a warning Thursday that increasingly warm temperatures will greatly increase the possibility of weakened ice in the area. The combination of warmer temperatures and shifting winds has caused extremely hazardous ice conditions throughout western Lake Superior and surrounding rivers. The Coast Guard warns of the possibility of ice breaking...

Coast Guard continues field exercise on Green Bay

Coast Guard continues field exercise on Green Bay
Green Bay – Personnel from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Mich. and Coast Guard Station Duluth, MN were on Green Bay Friday conducting an ice rescue drill. Representatives from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Conn., have been conducting drills to gather data and information to be used to assist search and rescue responders on the Great Lakes and decrease time...

Coast Guard responds to marine casualty, potential pollution in Lake Superior

Coast Guard responds to marine casualty, potential pollution in Lake Superior
DULUTH, Minn. — The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a small hull fracture reported on the Canadian vessel Atlantic Huron, at anchor outside of the Duluth-Superior Harbor, Friday evening. The Coast Guard is also investigating a fluorescent green discoloration reportedly resulting from the crew’s efforts to determine the extent of the fracture, in the #5 ballast tank of the ship, with...

U.S. Coast Guard units rally during Duluth flood response

U.S. Coast Guard units rally during Duluth flood response
By Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Schofield There is no way to know exactly how much water came through the Duluth area, but one thing is for certain, it was a devastating amount. Residents in and around the Duluth area found this reality out in a harsh way, June 20, 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard — an integral part of this community — was eager to help save people’s lives, first and foremost, then...

Great Lakes Coast Guardsmen respond to Minnesota floods, rescue 15 people

Great Lakes Coast Guardsmen respond to Minnesota floods, rescue 15 people
DULUTH, Minn. — The Coast Guard has rescued 15 people Thursday by helicopter or boat from their homes after major thunderstorms flooded the area in and around Duluth, Minn., earlier this week. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency and directed the Minnesota National Guard to assist after more than 12 inches of rain flooded areas of northeastern Minnesota. There were no immediate...

Coast Guard medically evacuates crewmember from Canadian freighter near Superior, Wis.

CLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Duluth, Minn., medically evacuated a 27-year-old crewmember from a 730-foot, Canadian-flagged freighter outside the entrance of the Superior, Wis., harbor, Thursday evening. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., received the request for a medevac through the Rescue 21 system and by telephone. Crewmembers aboard the motor...

Coast Guard rescues 2 teenage kayakers who capsized in Lake Superior

CLEVELAND – A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew rescued two teenagers from the frigid waters of Lake Superior near Duluth, Minn., after their kayaks capsized there Wednesday afternoon. A charter fishing boat operator was travelling though the Duluth Entry near the Duluth Aerial Bridge at noon when he noticed a teenager struggling near his capsized kayak, so he used his VHF-FM marine radio to notify Coast...