Coast Guard Great Lakes ice rescue assets

Coast Guard Great Lakes units conduct hundreds of ice rescues and training events each winter. This work is done in the most arduous of environments, and it’s dangerous. The 9th District has 39 stations, 2 sir stations, and 8 cutters […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou

Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: BM2 Walter Vitou

This post originally appeared at Coast Guard Compass. Bravo Zulu to Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou for earning not only the Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week but the servicewide Shipmate of the Week! What are Coast Guard crews […]


Great Lakes Shipmates of the Week: BM1 Justin Abold, BMC Mark Szoboszlay, BM2 Kristin Pitman, BM2 Jim Myjak and MK2 Mike Starr

A team of five instructors led by Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Abold, lead instructer at the National Ice Rescue School, in Essexville, Mich., delivered the Coast Guard’s Ice Rescue Trainer Course this winter. This is the second season of delivery […]


Milwaukee Coast Guard and area first responders maintain ice rescue proficiency

Written by: Lt. Brian Dykens, public affairs officer at Sector Lake Michigan The below average temperatures and thicker than usual ice in Milwaukee Harbor provided a perfect venue for Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Station Milwaukee and area first responders […]


National Ice Rescue School: A Model of Proficiency

“Proficiency must remain our enduring anchor — proficiency in craft, proficiency in leadership, and disciplined initiative,” said Adm. Robert Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard in his State of the Coast Guard Address, Feb. 27, 2013. “We must master these […]


Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., completes first rescue, overcoming odds

One characteristic of a life-saving crew is to never give up. A second is to always try to overcome all odds. This is exactly what the first crew of Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., did for their first rescue, Nov. […]


10 things that make the Great Lakes Coast Guard unique

1. We don’t get a summer or winter break Operational seasonality is an on-going reality for all Coast Guardsmen who call the Great Lakes home. Just as the summer months bring a hectic schedule due to increased search-and-rescue and law […]


Five facts about ice

The 9th Coast Guard District reminds Great Lakes citizens and visitors to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes. Ice can be unpredictable and dangerous. Ice is an ever-changing surface, and the fluctuating weather conditions affect […]


Great Lakes Coast Guard ice rescue assets

  Ninth Coast Guard District units conduct hundreds of ice rescues and training events each winter. This work is done in the most arduous of environments and it’s dangerous. The 9th District has 39 stations, 2 sir stations, and 8 […]


BAY CITY, Mich. - A Coast Guard ice rescue team uses a rescue sled to pull a man out of the water after he fell through the ice on Lake Michigan as part of a night time training exercise Jan. 27, 2011. The training is part of a four-day school where Coast Guard men and women come to the Ice Capabilities Center of Excellence at Station Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., to learn the proper techniques for rescuing people on ice-covered bodies of water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen)

Ice rescue training on the Great Lakes

Coast Guard men and women standing the watch on the Great Lakes perform their missions in one of the nation’s most environmentally challenging areas, and one element above all others presents the biggest challenge – ice. This winter season has […]


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