Coast Guard offers aid to disabled boatersThe Coast Guard assisted two disabled vessels in Lake Superior late Sunday night, towing the vessels to local marinas.
The Coast Guard assisted two disabled vessels in Lake Superior late Sunday night, towing the vessels to local marinas.
At 8:53 p.m. Sunday, a rescue boat crew, aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bayfield, responded to an urgent marine information broadcast issued by the harbormaster at Saxon Harbor, located on Lake Superior’s Oronto Bay in Iron County. The Cassie-K a 38-foot tribal fishing tug had contacted the harbormaster from near the Apostle Islands reporting a loss of power and propulsion.
The captain of the Cassie-K lost communications with the harbormaster prior to giving an exact location of his vessel.
After locating the Cassie-K, the rescue boat crew connected a side tow and towed the vessel to the Apostle Island Marina. The rescue efforts were completed just after 1 a.m. A post Coast Guard post search-and-rescue boarding found three violations — expired flares, inoperable fire extinguishers and no garbage placard.
At 9 p.m., a Coast Guard boat crew, aboard a RB-M from Station Duluth, Minn., came across a disabled 16-foot pleasure craft, with two people aboard, drifting toward the rocks near the entry to Duluth Harbor.
The rescue boat crew immediately threw a line to the disabled vessel to keep it from grounding and then towed the vessel to Rice’s Point boat launch where the boat was secured at 9:47 p.m.
The names of the people assisted were not released.