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 Guards warns of weak ice across Great Lakes region

Coast Guards warns of weak ice across Great Lakes region
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard reminds the public to exercise caution on ice throughout the entire Great Lakes region. Current ice conditions on the Great Lakes are far below the seasonal average. The combination of open water, unstable ice formation and areas of relatively weak ice may create hazardous conditions for recreational users. The public is advised to use caution when deciding to venture...

Coast Guard urges caution around ice on the Great Lakes as temperatures rise

Coast Guard urges caution around ice on the Great Lakes as temperatures rise
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard is encouraging people to exercise caution in the coming days around ice on the lakes and waterways in the Great Lakes region. Rising temperatures and scattered showers over the next several days can pose significant risks to ice-related activities as the ice weakens and can appear to be more stable than it is. People are reminded to always wear and use the proper...

Coast Guard warns mariners of hazardous lake conditions this weekend

Coast Guard warns mariners of hazardous lake conditions this weekend
Large waves crash along the breakwall at Diversey Harbor in Chicago. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Fireman Justin Zita CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is urging caution across the waters of the Great Lakes due to potentially hazardous weather conditions throughout the weekend. Gale watches and warnings have been issued for many areas throughout the Great Lakes for Saturday and continuing through the...

Coast Guard warns of unstable ice as warmer weather approaches

Coast Guard warns of unstable ice as warmer weather approaches
DETROIT — With the forecasted rain, wind and above-freezing temperatures this weekend, the Coast Guard is urging people to use extreme caution when venturing onto the ice across the Great Lakes. The above freezing temperatures are melting and weakening ice and pose safety concerns for anyone venturing onto ice. Ice is unpredictable and the thickness can vary, even in small areas. Water currents,...

Warming temperatures, high number of ice-related emergencies prompt Coast Guard warning

Warming temperatures, high number of ice-related emergencies prompt Coast Guard warning
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Vandenberg conducts ice thickness sampling in Lake Superior near Whitefish Point, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Major) CLEVELAND — Due to a high number of ice rescue cases this year, the Coast Guard is urging people to stay away from and off of ice, and to remain at a safe distance from ice formations. The...

Coast Guard announces change to how mariners activate radio-controlled fog signals

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard announced today a change to the marine radio frequency that mariners must use to activate fog signals on navigable waterways of the Great Lakes. Until the change takes effect on July 1, mariners are advised to use both the new and the old frequency. Since the 1990s, mariners encountering decreased visibility have been able to activate fog signals on certain aids-to-navigation...

Great Lakes Coast Guardsmen save 16 lives, respond to 227 distress calls during busy holiday weekend

CLEVELAND –U.S. Coast Guard boatcrews throughout the Great Lakes region saw thousands of vessels on the water during the Independence Day weekend and responded to several hundred distress calls. The large number of Coast Guard responses, at least 227 from Friday morning to approximately 12 a.m. Tuesday, is significantly higher than the same time frames during the previous four years, but may be because...

Coast Guard begins icebreaking on Great Lakes

From the Duluth News Tribune The U.S. Coast Guard began its Great Lakes icebreaking operations today, launching what it calls “Operation Taconite.” The effort involves not only Lake Superior but the St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac and Lake Michigan.