U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Person From Capsized Boat

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an individual from a capsized boat in East Moran Bay Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard says at 6:20 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received a distress call from the operator of a 33-foot sailboat that had run around East Moran Bay in St. Ignace. They state that stiff winds pinned the boat against a break wall and punctured the hull.

Sector Sault Ste. Marie issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, or UMIB, alerting nearby mariners of the distress. They launched a 45-foot response boat-medium from nearby Coast Guard Station St. Ignace. The Coast Guard also endured waves of up to seven feet during the storm.

The Coast Guard says personnel attempted to control the flooding onboard the sailboat, but it capsized and sent the boat’s operator overboard.

They say the crew recovered the boat’s operator, who was wearing a lifejacket. The sailboat’s operator did not sustain any injuries, and is working with local commercial salvage providers to recover the vessel.

“As the weather begins to shift, it is important to monitor water and wind conditions and ensure you avoid hazardous conditions,” stated Petty Officer 3rd Class David Fleschner, an operations specialist at Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “In this case, wearing a lifejacket was a lifesaving difference.”

“Doing whatever I can and my ability to save the person that’s in the distress or in the bad situation, I mean, that’s what we’re here for at the Coast Guard Station of St. Ignace is to help protect and save the community whenever they find themselves in a bad situation like that,” said Petty Officer Marcos Lopez of the U.S. Coast Guard, St. Ignace.