Coast Guard Rescues 25 People from Great Lakes Ice Floes

The service warns people of the unpredictability of ice coverage.

The Coast Guard conducted two major rescues on the Great Lakes this week after 25 people became stranded on large ice floes. Eleven were rescued via air and boat on Lake Michigan off of Sherwood Point, Wisconsin, and 14 were rescued from Lake Huron near Sebewaing, Michigan.

The Coast Guard reminded winter recreationists to always check ice conditions before venturing out onto the Great Lakes, especially since the rising temperatures have resulted in low ice coverage and thickness.

“The two large ice rescue cases highlight the unpredictability of the ice on the Great Lakes, especially with fluctuating temperatures,” said Captain Timothy Holt, Chief of Incident Management for the Ninth District. “We appreciate the swift response from all agencies involved and recovering everyone safely.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Coast Guard personnel as they provide services to boaters in distress and seek to prevent illegal entry into the nation from the water.
  • For Michigan and Wisconsin officials as they endeavor to keep residents and recreationists safe and educated.

Sources: CoastGuardNews, WorkBoat


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