STURGEON BAY - The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and local responders teamed up to rescue seven boaters and assist 16 others across the Great Lakes Friday night and early Saturday morning, during a busy start to the weekend.
At about 9 p.m. Friday, a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, rescued five people from a boat taking on water 2 miles east of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. The boat crew dewatered the 19-foot boat with a portable P-6 pump and towed the boat to Madeline Marina.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary and other Coast Guard crews also responded to and assisted boaters near St. Clair Shores, Michigan; Grosse Point Shores, Michigan; Manistee, Michigan and Rochester, New York.
Coast Guard officials are not releasing the names of the boaters rescued and assisted.
The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to remain vigilant while on the water by being aware of your surroundings and other boaters around you. Wear your life jackets at all times and be prepared for emergency situations by having signaling and working communication devices on board.
The Coast Guard also is reminding boaters they can expect to see an increase in patrols by Coast Guard crews and other law enforcement agencies this weekend in support of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign to spread awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence and to remove impaired boaters from the waterways. Anyone found boating under the influence can expect severe penalties ranging from fines, jail time, and loss of boating privileges.