Coast Guard helicopter crew uses swimmer to save Canadian from ice near Detroit

By BRANDON CHAMPION | MLive.com | Published: February 25, 2020

DETROIT (Tribune News Service) — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew used a rescue swimmer to save a person who had fallen through ice near Detroit.

The crew from Air Station Detroit responded to the scene after receiving a call of a Canadian national who had fallen through the ice between Detroit and Ontario on Sunday night.

The crew arrived on scene quickly and located an individual on the ice. They deployed a rescue swimmer to assess the situation.

Recognizing that he was severely hypothermic and soaking wet, Air Station Detroit's crew hoisted him into the helicopter and coordinated with Canadian rescuers to have an ambulance waiting to provide immediate care upon their arrival at the Windsor airport.

“Excellent work ASTC Kirkendall, LT Chase, LT Muldoon and AET3 Mumford! Someone came home to their family because of you all,” a Coast Guard statement reads. “Remember everyone, be safe on the ice, make sure someone knows your plan, and bring survival gear so you can stay alive until help arrives.”

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