Multiple surface and aviation assets from the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard and local agencies search the water in Lake Erie for four people who were reported overdue, April 17, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Philip Null.

Appeals court upholds fine of nearly $500,000 for false distress call

Last week the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a restitution payment of nearly $500,000 as part of the sentence handed down in United States of America v. Danik Shiv Kumar for making a false distress call that caused a massive search on Lake Erie in March 2012.


Special purpose craft airboat

Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG201240

Ice. Freezing temperatures. Blinding conditions. These are hostile environments to perform the Coast Guard’s missions, but for the men and women of the Great Lakes, it just comes with the territory. A Coast Guard Station Marblehead airboat crew faced these […]


Night Time Ice Rescue Training

Ice rescue training on the Great Lakes

Coast Guard men and women standing the watch on the Great Lakes perform their missions in one of the nation’s most environmentally challenging areas, and one element above all others presents the biggest challenge – ice. This winter season has […]


Fillingham wearing his Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen.

75-year-old man awarded Silver Lifesaving Medal

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen, Ninth Coast Guard District Public Affairs Edward Fillingham, a 75-year-old man suffering from Parkinson’s disease, didn’t have a plan when he sprung into action on a chilly day in April 2009 and […]


Cutter Mackinaw continues “Christmas Ship” tradition

Post written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. As the holiday season descends on Chicago and lights and decorations swathe the city streets, a Great Lakes icon sits along the waterfront at Navy Pier. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, […]