Boats or some type of lights three miles offshore “disappeared” off Stonington Peninsula – Coast Guard boat, helicopter headed to Lake Michigan waters off southern U.P. in major search operation

URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 4-7-18 – 11:32 p.m. ET

Major midnight search just launched offshore from southern U.P. in the waters of Lake Michigan – the U.S. Coast Guard is launching a helicopter and bringing a large search boat from USCG Station Green Bay

Witness on Stonington Peninsula saw lights out in the lake about three miles offshore – that “disappeared”

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Escanaba, MI) – A major search and rescue operation is apparently underway tonight off the shores of the southern Upper Peninsula for possible victims after someone saw lights on the open water that disappeared.

It started when a caller from the Stonington Peninsula on Juniper AA Lane, who stated he could see two or three lights offshore in Little Bay de Noc. The lights were about two to three miles offshore and to the east.

Police officers from several agencies and U.P. counties are searching for the lights from shore.

The coast guard will “check the open water.”

“The lights disappeared,” the dispatcher radioed responding rescuers.

One possibility this time of year is if a huge chunk of lake ice broke free from the mainland with people on board. Its unclear if officials will search both Little and Big Bay de Noc

Delta County officials have requested the U.S. Coast Guard to assist. Police also asked if Valley Med Flight would be allowed to fly over the bay to spot possible survivors.

However, strict FAA rules govern medical helicopters – and the answer was we’d like to help – but sorry no.

“Valley Med cannot fly over open water,” the dispatcher told a law enforcement officer who requested the medical chopper at the search incident command site at about 11 p.m. ET Saturday night.

The USCG says it will have a big search chopper on the scene at about 11:45 p.m. ET tonight, Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The coastguard is also sending a search boat from Station Green Bay – but that is not expected to arrive on scene until 1 a.m. ET Sunday morning.

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