NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Memorial Day weekend has started, and the United States Coast Guard is ready to help.
Each year, just before Memorial Day, USCG sends one of its helicopters over from metro Detroit.
Friday, it arrived at the Muskegon air station.
Since Lake Michigan is a large area to cover, often times the only way to get to someone quickly is by air.
Crews are available 24 hours a day and each includes two pilots, an engineer, and a rescue swimmer.
"When we're flying on a case, and we're actually going to hoist someone, the flight mechanic will stand on this hatch, under the hoist, and direct us how to maneuver the helicopter to get in perfect position to effect the rescue," said Lt. Ryan Hammond.
Just before the season ended last year, crews had to rescue a kayaker from Lake Michigan.