Great Lakes Coast Guard rescues 24 people so far during July 4th holiday

CREATED Jul 5, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Coast Guard reports that their rescue crews throughout the Great Lakes rescued or assisted 24 people from various boating incidents between late Wednesday night and early Friday morning.

The rescues included a boat with four adults and two children aboard that reported being stranded in Lake Michigan in Milwaukee Thursday night.

"Five of the six people aboard were ferried to safety between 3 and 5 a.m., Friday," the Coast Guard said. "The owner of the boat stayed aboard the boat and awaited the arrival of a salvage company."

There was also a rescue from Toledo, where a boat was tethered to two others was taking on water. There were 12 people total on the three boats, and all three were rescued by the Coast Guard.

Another rescue occurred on the Niagara River near Buffalo, N.Y. where four adults and two children were rescued from a boat taking on water.

"The ability of our rescue crews to quickly transition from one mission to another, their innovative use of resources, along with our great inter-agency partnerships made for a successful and safe Independence Day holiday," said Capt. Andrew Sugimoto, chief of response for the Coast Guard 9th District.

The Coast Guard said their boatcrews across the Great Lakes region responded to 37 cases involving maritime incidents on Thursday.