Helicopters find shipwrecks on the Great Lakes

LELAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A crew in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter got a great view of some shipwrecks while patrolling over northern Lake Michigan last week.

In a Sunday post on its Facebook page, the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City said that the helicopter was on a routine patrol in the area of Sleeping Bear Point between Leland and Northport on Friday when crew members were able to spot the shipwrecks in the clear water.

The Coast Guard wasn’t immediately able to identify the wrecks, but with help from a Facebook fan learned that two of them are the James McBride, which ran aground on Oct. 19, 1856, and the Rising Sun, which was stranded on Oct. 29, 1917.

The Coast Guard said that with the lake now mostly clear of ice, the shipwrecks are more visible from the sky — but it also warned the water is still very cold at an average of 38 degrees.

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