U.S. Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie, Air Station Traverse City Rescue Man Stranded on Ice Floe

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station and Air Station Traverse City rescued a man stranded on an ice floe on Lake Superior Tuesday.

The United States Coast Guard says a 55-year-old man called the Coast Guard to report that he was stranded on an ice floe about three miles east of Point Abbaye off of the Keewenaw Peninsula.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie coordinated with Negaunee Dispatch to find a GPS position produced from the 55-year-old’s 911 call.

The Coast Guard Ninth District then launched an MH-60 helicopter from Air Station Traverse City.

The crew of the MH-60 immediately found the man and hoisted him safely into the helicopter, where a rescue swimmer conducted a health assessment.

According to the United States Coast Guard, the man was taken to Houghton County Memorial Airport for evaluation by awaiting EMS personnel and no injuries were reported.

They say appropriate cold weather gear is critical for anyone planning to spend time near the water during the winter months.

The stranded man, they state, was wearing a survival suit, a float bib and a float vest, which may have proven crucial to ensuring his safety.