Using night vision, Coast Guard rescues Canadian man on Lake St. Clair

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 9th District Command Center were contacted by crews at Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Trenton, shortly after 6 p.m. requesting assistance in the search and rescue of a man on the ice in Mitchells Bay, Ontario, on Lake St. Clair.

It happened early Thursday morning near the Twin Cities Bicentennial Bridge in St. Joseph.

A helicopter made two trips to rescue everyone because boats couldn't reach the men, who were stranded on ice.

The crew reported the man was hypothermic.

Crews arrived less than fifteen minutes later and were able to assist the man off the ice to EMS crews for evaluation.


A man fell through the ice on Lake Erie while riding either an ATV or snowmobile, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Officials say they got his position via cell phone ping and the OPP, Chatham-Kent police, and the Chatham-Kent Fire Department responded by land.

The Coast Guard crew said they had poor visibility, so bad they had to use night vision goggles and could barely see the light from his cell phone.

Through a helicopter's aerial review, the Coast Guard learned the group had been on three shanties atop an ice shelf that broke free, Yaw said.

Be prepared for an accidental immersion and always tell someone where you're going, when you'll be back, and be sure to wear proper clothing and safety gear for conditions.

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