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Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Ely, Station Grand Haven, Mich.

Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, the city of Grand Haven hosts a variety activities on the water, ranging from water sports to sport fishing to maritime commerce. The city, better known as Coast Guard City USA, has […]

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Coast Guard Motor City dining facility wins award

It has been often said that the secret to success at a small boat station is to have a happy crew. For many, that means good food. The food service specialists at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, not only […]

Coast Guard crews search for missing boaters on assets like this 25-foot response boat. Hoaxes are no joke: lives are on the line. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer First Class Phillip Null

Hoax: a $400,000 joke

Say the word hoax out loud. It sounds similar to the noise you might make if something was stuck in your throat. Just like something stuck in your throat, hoaxes are obstructions to the life-saving work that we do. They […]

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Beacons of Hope

With satellite-fed maps on every smart phone getting lost seems like a problem of a past era. But what happens when your electronics short out, your boat starts taking on water or catches on fire and you have to abandon […]

Petty Officer 3rd Class John Piskura, a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., points out a buoy to Valerie.

Red right, return home alive!

Red light, stop; green light, go; yellow light, speed up? From a young age, most people know what a red light means for a driver. In fact, it doesn’t take many drivers long to learn what most of the signs […]

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Expect the unexpected: Be prepared with simple technology that will save your life

The Coast Guard can’t stress enough how important it is for all boaters to have proper safety equipment when the weather turns bad or an unforeseen circumstance arises. Having a means of communication and possession of the right emergency distress […]

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Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Seaman Kelson Thomas, Aids to Navigation Duluth, Minn.

Seaman Kelson Thomas joined the Coast Guard March 6, 2012. His reasoning for joining the Coast Guard was to follow in the footsteps of his father Roger Thomas, a former Coast Guard quartermaster and his brother Brandon Thomas, a Coast […]

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Boating under the influence

On July 21, 2013, a Coast Guard law enforcement team from Station Marblehead, Ohio, boarded a boat with several passengers in Lake Erie. No one was in distress, and no emergency had been announced. The only record of the multiple lives […]

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There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

There are many excuses to why you can’t wear your life jacket, but are they worth your life or the life of a loved one. You want to get some sun, you’ll get too hot or it is too bulky […]

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Guarding the Great Lakes, tales of Coast Guard Great Lakes dogs, part 4

  The Great Lakes Coast Guard is sharing the stories of several dogs stationed throughout the Great Lakes in our blog series “Guarding the Great Lakes.” We hope you enjoy these stories of dogs who are “Always Ready” to go […]

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