First responders in Door County see spike in empty watercraft calls

  • Source: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau
  • Published: 08/12/2019 07:36 PM

A rise in emergency calls involving empty watercraft leads Door County first responders and the U.S. Coast Guard to issue a reminder to boat owners. "We've seen a dramatic uptick in that as the lake levels go up, the beaches get smaller, people aren't being as careful about tying boats and things like that," said Fire Chief Chris Hecht with the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department. "So, we're seeing a lot of boats drift away." "We have no clue if there's anybody on those vessels or crafts, so it's a full multi-agency response looking for a potential patient or victim," said Fire Chief Andrew Bertges with the Gibraltar Fire Department. Crews rely on contact information that all too often is nowhere to be found.


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