Coast guard plucks man walking from Detroit to Toronto off lake

A man who tried to walk across Lake St. Clair Thursday morning from Detroit to Toronto was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. Coast Guard rescues American man walking across lake, treats him for hypothermia

Frozen Lake St. Clair rescue RAW

8 years ago
Duration 1:59
U.S. Coast Guard saves a 25-year-old man attempting to walk from Detroit to Toronto over frozen Lake St. Clair

A man trying to walk from Detroit to Toronto was plucked off Lake St. Clair by the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday.

At 9:30 a.m., members of the coast guard assigned to the cutter Neah Bay, a 42-metre (140-foot) ice-breaking tug, spotted a man walking in the middle of the frozen lake, east of Detroit.

The ice rescue team aboard the cutter deployed on foot to check on the man.

When the team reached the man, the 25-year-old American told the rescue team he was trying to walk to Toronto from Detroit.

The team treated him for hypothermia and helped him onto the cutter.

The man was not dressed appropriately for the conditions out on the lake, was not wearing any flotation gear and had no form of communication.

The man was taken to the municipal pier in Algonac, Michigan, across from Walpole Island, where he was met by emergency medical service personnel and transferred to their care.


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