Coast Guard Responds to Save Ten People Falling into Water due to High Waves
With gale warnings ongoing for most of Lake Michigan until Monday night, Coast Guard search and rescue experts encourage those heading to or on the lake to exercise caution, Sunday.
While docks, breakwalls, piers and rocks are seemingly ideal places to take pictures or video of storms, members of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and its sub-units on the lake have responded to numerous cases involving people swept off of a wall or pier by rough seas.
There have been multiple cases and at least ten people falling into the water due to high waves on Sunday evening alone.
In Sheboygan a rescue operation was ongoing Sunday afternoon for three people that were swept off the pier. The South Pier is temporarily closed due to high waves.
Coast Guard search and rescue experts encourage safer alternatives for community members interested in observing the weather.
There are numerous cameras around Lake Michigan that offer online video feeds of the beaches and piers, and weather permitting, local lakefront parks or parking lots often offer safe vantage points.
Those willing to brave the weather are encouraged to stay a safe distance, approximately 25 feet, from the water, especially in areas near breaking waves.
“Wearing a life jacket or having a flotation device is always advised when near the water,” said Cmdr. Leanne Lusk, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan’s chief of response.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts high winds and heavy seas until Monday evening.