VIDEO: U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescues Canadian Man From Icy Lake St. Clair

Friday January 24th, 2014

Posted at 10:28pm

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A U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was called out to rescue a Canadian man from Lake St. Clair after he became stranded on the ice while riding an all-terrain vehicle, Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard says that at about 3pm, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a request for assistance from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario.

After learning of the accident, Sector Detroit personnel diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew already in flight and launched another from Air Station Detroit with a rescue swimmer aboard.

The first helicopter on scene did not have hoist capabilities but was able to drop a radio to the stranded man and waited for the second helicopter to arrive.

Once on scene, the rescue swimmer from the second helicopter was lowered to the ice to assess and stabilize the man, before he was hoisted aboard and transported to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Mitchell’s Bay Marina in Mitchell’s Bay.

Officials say that the man was last known to be in good condition.

The crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter airlift a man off the ice of Lake St. Clair after he became stranded while riding an all-terrain vehicle. (Photo from U.S. Coast Guard)

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