ST. IGNACE, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a capsized vessel and rescued an individual from the water in East Moran Bay, Sep. 14, 2021.
At 6:20 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie received a distress call from the operator of a 33-foot sailing vessel that had run aground in East Moran Bay of St. Ignace, Michigan. Stiff winds pinned the vessel against the break wall and punctured the hull.
Sector Sault Ste. Marie issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) alerting nearby mariners of the distress and launched a 45-foot Response Boat–Medium from nearby Coast Guard Station St. Ignace. Coast Guard personnel attempted to control the flooding onboard the vessel before it eventually capsized, sending the vessel’s operator overboard.
The crew quickly recovered the vessel operator, who was wearing a personal floatation device. The operator did not sustain any injuries and is working with local commercial salvage providers to recover the vessel.
“As the weather begins to shift, it is important to monitor water and wind conditions and ensure you avoid hazardous conditions,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class David Fleschner, an operations specialist at Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “In this case, wearing a lifejacket was a lifesaving difference.”