- The Washington Times - Friday, March 6, 2015

The U.S. Coast Guard made a unique rescue on Thursday when it came upon a man with a “1,000-yard stare” trying to walk from Detroit to Toronto by first crossing a near-frozen Lake St. Clair.

The early morning rescue for the U.S. Coast Guard was the first by a Great Lakes ice-cutter boat in four years.

“When we got to him, you could tell the cold was getting to him. He was very lethargic. … He was shivering very bad. … He also wouldn’t speak at first and had a ‘1,000-yard stare,’ ” Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Sjostrom told MLive on Thursday.

The unidentified man was not wearing the proper clothes needed for his trek, which would have been roughly 200 miles in sub-freezing temperatures.

“That raised flags right off the bat,” the petty officer told the MLive. He added that the 25-year-old man could have easily fallen through a patch of ice and drowned.

“Most of us joined the Coast Guard to protect life,” Lt. Joshua Zike, commanding officer of the Neah Bay, said in a statement. “Our primary mission during the winter months is breaking ice to keep commercial traffic moving, but preserving life will always come first.”

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