Sailboat on the Rocks! Sailboat Jayhawk Rescue on Lake Superior, Manitou Island

A 73-year old man wrecked his sailboat on the rocks near the Keweenaw Penninsula of Lake Superior on September 29, 2018. The USCG rescued him with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Why he could not dinghy or swim to the nearby beach is uncertain. It was snowing and blowing 30 knots.

USCG Air Station Traverse City wrote on their Facebook Page that “We responded to an uncorrelated ‘Mayday’ call in the vicinity of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Saturday morning at around 6:30am. After fighting through low visibility, 30kt winds, and snow (yes, snow!) our crew found a sailboat hard aground on the rocks of Manitou Island in Lake Superior. Our Rescue swimmer was able to safely evacuate the man and swim him to shore where our Flight Mechanic hoisted him into the helicopter! He was then transported to Houghton, MI for medical evaluation and treatment.

The fact that this gentleman was wearing a lifejacket plus a cold water survival suit, helped ensure that his story had a happy ending.”

Public domain USCG video from Air Station Traverse City’s Facebook Page:

A news report based on a press release from the USCG is below:

That story said:

“Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie staff received a mayday distress radio call around 5:30 a.m. from the vessel, which reportedly had run hard aground on the island’s rocky coast.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched from Air Station Traverse City. By 8:35 a.m., the copter’s crew was communicating with the stranded boater and soon located the boat.”

A rescue swimmer assisted the distressed mariner and hoisted him to the chopper.


They wrote the following on their Facebook page:
“Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was established in 1946 and is a part of the United States Coast Guard’s Ninth District. We are situated on the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. Since 1995, Air Station Traverse City has controlled and manned Air Facilities throughout southern Lake Michigan. Our area of operations includes all of Lake Michigan and a greater part of Lake Superior and Lake Huron.”

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