U. S. and Canadian Search and Rescue resources have suspended their search for two PIW in northern Lake Huron. The search and rescue (SAR) case began Friday morning approximately 9:10 a.m. and continued until 11:30 a.m., today. The U. S. Coast Guard Ninth District assumed SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC) late Friday night and has suspended the search.
The search has covered 1,550 square miles of the 720 square miles between Marquette Island, Mich. (north), Bois Blanc Island, Mich. (south east), and Mackinac Island, Mich. (south west). The two-day search has involved numerous searches of the area, in which the overdue vessel was located, by rescue agencies. Search efforts will resume, pending any new information.
Mariners are reminded to fill out a float plan when transiting from one location to another, especially those transits that cover a considerable amount of distance and time. A float plan can be something as simple as giving a responsible party an outlined itinerary that includes points and times of departure and arrival and transit routes. A more defined search can be developed, by utilizing information from a properly documented float plan.
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