U.S. Coast Guard's New Rescue Tool
The new Rescue 21 system will help the U.S. Coast Guard respond to distress calls much quicker on Lake Michigan. Video by nbc26.comvideo
If you run into trouble while boating on Lake Michigan, help may now arrive much sooner. The U.S. Coast Guard has a new system called "Rescue 21." The enhanced technology will help with search and rescue missions. They explained how it works during a presentation Thursday night at the Door County Maritime Museum.
"It's a computerized system instead of the old land line based system, so we're able to visually see everything that's going on on a computer screen instead of trying to find things on kind of bar graphs," said Gregory Button with the U.S. Coast Guard.
New towers are also going up along Lake Michigan to track weak transmission signals. The Coast Guard says it will make response times faster and hopefully save more lives.