Crew from Cutter Mackinaw takes part in training exercises on Lake Michigan
Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw took a break from ice-breaking operations Saturday, to do some life-saving training on Lake Michigan.
The crew trained on the use of emergency distress flares and other pyrotechnic equipment as part of nighttime training evolutions near the Lansing Shoals in northern Lake Michigan.
Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record earlier this month.
The federal government's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake's surface area on March 8. That eclipsed the previous high of 93.1 percent in 1977.
The Great Lakes Shipping season kicks into high gear with the opening of the Soo Locks on March 25.