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Coast Guard Plans Closing Rescue Stations Seasonally


The U.Sl Coast Guard says it's planning seasonal closings at some of its Great Lakes stations including the Lake Michigan communities of Frankfort, Ludington and Muskegon. 

Coast Guard officials discussed the plan Tuesday with first responders in Frankfort. 

Coast Guard Captain Amy Cocanour says crews in Frankfort "would be here every day, definitely Memorial Day through Labor Day." She says the station also would have staffing during some other periods.

Some area officials want the station to stay staffed year-round, since local rescuers get Coast guard help. the Ludington Daily News reports similar charges are planned in Ludington and Muskegon. 

The Coast Guard says staffing would increase in Manistee and notes Lake Michigan search and rescue operations have declined in recent years.   

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