Coast Guard ice rescuers from Michigan return from Alaska on trip to cross-train with local first responders

CLEVELAND — Ice rescue instructors from the Coast Guard’s Ice Capabilities Center of Excellence, located at Station/Aids-to-Navigation Team Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., returned Sunday from two weeks in Alaska, where they trained alongside local first responders in ice rescue techniques. The Coast Guardsmen from the 9th Coast Guard District in the Great Lakes and the 17th Coast Guard...

Coast Guard men and women train for ice rescue

by Petty Officer 1st Class John Masson. For Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class William Phillips, it might have been tempting to simply turn up the thermostat inside Station Oswego, N.Y., and wait for winter to go away. After all, this is the 28-year-old Tennessean’s first tour in the northern United States, and it’s a lot colder on the Great Lakes than at stations in Galveston, Texas, and Tybee...

Coast Guard receives new search-and-rescue airboat on Thursday

SAGINAW, Mich. — Coast Guard Station Saginaw River is the first to receive a new version of the Special Purpose Craft SPC airboat from Midwest Rescue Airboats at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.