Grand Haven, MI (WOODTV) - We all know Lake Michigan from the beautiful beaches and breath taking sunsets, but such a big body of water can be extremely dangerous. The men and women of the Coast Guard work every day to protect us while we are out on and near the water.
Senior Chief Kirk McKay, of the United States Coast Guard stationed in Grand Haven, gave WOOD TV8 a behind the scenes look at water rescue training with his crew and demonstrated how lives are saved out on the open waters.
Taking two 47ft USCG ships out on Lake Michigan, our WOOD TV8 team got to see first-hand what takes place out on the open waters in a simulated rescue. Every second counts when someone's life is at risk so the USCG has no room for error when they are approaching a victim in the water.
When a ship is stranded or a passenger is overboard the USCG get called to action. During the summer months in Grand Haven it's four-five times a week that Senior Chief McKay and his crew are called upon for a rescue.
This year is the 89th annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival. The festival has many fun events for families to enjoy, but the main purpose of the festival is for the community to recognize and thank the USCG & the individuals stationed in Grand Haven.
The festival is running today through August 4th with events taking place all throughout Grand Haven.
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