Watch the Detroit Coast Guard rescue a man who drove his ATV onto Lake Erie

March 24, 2014

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from Detroit was called in this weekend to rescue a man who apparently drove his ATV onto Lake Erie ice, which then broke away from the shore.

The Coast Guard reports that a SOS call came in around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, revealing that a man was stranded on the lake near Sterling State Park in Southeast Michigan.

When the Coast Guard located the man shortly after, he was drifting on a small ice floe, completely surrounded by water. They report that he had a full exposure suit, a cell phone, and a GPS but little else.

The man was pulled to safety via helicopter and transported to Custer Airport in Monroe for medical treatment. Efforts to rescue the man’s ATV are still underway.

Here’s some video footage of the rescue via DVIDS.

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