Coast Guard Mass Rescue on Lake Erie

>I wanted to get the word out that we are currently working with multiple state and local agencies to respond to reports of approximately 150 people stranded on ice floes in western Lake Erie near Oak Harbor, Ohio.

As of 3 p.m. today, more than 134 people have been safely recovered. We are continuing to search the ice for any other persons still stranded. Two of the people rescued were recovered from the water. One of those two people was taken to shore in good condition. The other was transported by Coast Guard helicopter to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton, Ohio, and was later pronounced dead.

Response agencies are staging at Crane Creek State Park in Oak Harbor, Ohio. We are responding with HH-65C Dolphin helicopters from our U.S. Coast Guard Air Stations in Detroit and Traverse City, Mich.; a C-130 aircraft from USCG Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.; U.S. Coast Guard Cutter MACKINAW; rescue boats from our U.S. Coast Guard Stations in Toledo, Ohio, Belle Isle, Mich., St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Marblehead, Ohio; a helicopter from the Canadian Coast Guard; and response vessels from the Ohio State Patrol; Monroe County Sheriff; Jervis, Carol and Washington Townships; local fire departments and a helicopter from Toledo LifeFlight.

Sector Detroit Commander, Captain Fred Midgette, is the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator and is directing all response efforts. We are remaining aggressive in our search and recovery efforts, and are teaming up well with our partner state and local emergency response agencies. We will provide updates and photos/videos as the situation develops.

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