Coast Guard, partners perform recovery training exercises in Straits

    The Coast Guard and partner agencies will be performing on-the-water exercises in the Straits of Mackinac Wednesday and Thursday. ( photo)

    STRAITS OF MACKINAC, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Anyone near the Straits of Mackinac this week will be seeing a lot of action going on.

    Starting Wednesday, the Coast Guard and partner agencies will be conducting on-the-water exercises.

    The exercises are part of a Marine Transportation System (MTS) recovery training and will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    More than 50 participants as well as 10 boats from federal, state, county and local agencies and stakeholders will be participating in the recovery drill.

    "Disruptions to the MTS; whether manmade, accidental, or the result of natural forces; can have a significant impact on the U.S. economy," said Steven Keck, the chief of contingency planning & force readiness at Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie. "The MTS recovery plan is designed to address a variety of hazards that may occur, and it is imperative that the Coast Guard and its partners train to respond to any such disruptions by ensuring the safe, rapid, industry supported recovery of the MTS."

    The exercises will be happening until Thursday.

    For more information, you can contact LTJG Sean Murphy at (906) 635-3223 or or follow the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie Facebook page.

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