Detroit Coast Guard rescues man on Lake St. Clair

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

A crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station arrived about 1.5 miles from shore.

The man was hypothermic and said he had been on the ice for almost 12 hours and was wet from being rained on and because he was wading through 3 inches of water on the ice due to the warm temperatures.

Sector Detroit's Command Center coordinated with U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Monroe County Sheriff's Department and other local rescue responders to save five fishermen from Lake Erie after they were stranded on an ice floe Friday.

Shortly after 6 in the evening on Thursday Coast Guard crews were contacted by Canadian Authorities to help with a search and rescue.

The Coast Guard crew said they had poor visibility, so bad they had to use night vision goggles and could barely see the light from his cell phone.

"It would have been hard to find them if they didn't have flashlights; it enabled them to signal for help and, ultimately, for us to locate them", said Air Station Detroit Aircraft Commander, Lt. Adam Morehouse. He reported the fog prevented him from seeing shore, adding he was lost out on the ice with more rain forecasted for the night and freezing rain expected by morning.

Officials noted they would not release the fishermen's names, the media release shows.

The Coast Guard is reminding the public of the dangers of heading out without communication equipment, navigation equipment, and no float or ice plan.

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