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Busy weekend for Coast Guard in the Great Lakes

• Jul 30, 2018 at 9:00 PM

U.S. 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 during the past weekend.

Highlights from weekend search-and-rescue cases include:

— A 46-year-old man became overwhelmed by weather conditions while transiting from Peche Island to Belle Isle via kayak on Friday. He contacted his father who, in turn, contacted the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Sector Detroit launched a response boat-small crew from Station Belle Isle. The crew located the kayaker clinging to a dock, recovered and transferred him and the kayak to shore.

— A Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted and medically evacuated a cargo ship crewmember experiencing severe abdominal pain. The helicopter crew transported the mariner from approximately 29 miles north of Cleveland to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland on Friday.

— An off-duty Coast Guard reservist chief boatswain’s mate responded to a vessel fire near Catawba Island, Ohio, on Friday. He embarked two of the four people onto his vessel and passed his extinguisher to the other two, who were able to extinguish the electrical fire and transit to Put-In Bay.

— A Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor response boat-medium crew responded Saturday to a notification of a 25-foot vessel that was disabled and against the rocks with eight people onboard near the East 55th Street Marina. The Coast Guard crew embarked all eight passengers and towed the vessel back to its marina.

Six of the seven law enforcement cases involved boaters being under the influence of alcohol while operating a vessel. The Coast Guard reminds the boating community that operating a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and illegal. Alcohol is a leading contributing factor for boating fatalities.

3 hurt after 2 small planes collide on North Fox Island

NORTH FOX ISLAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said three people had minor injuries after a small plane landing on North Fox Island off of Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula collided with another small plane already on the ground.


A crew from Air Station Traverse City responded to the collision Sunday at the grass airstrip on the island, which is located in Lake Michigan. A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the three injured and two others who reported not being injured off the island.


The collision is under investigation.


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