Coast Guard's Great Lakes Search and
Rescue line: 1-800-321-4400
For public reports of distress incidents, suspicious sightings or other maritime concerns.
The Coast Guard’s Ninth District Command Center, also known as Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Cleveland, was established in 1956 as RCC Cleveland, an internationally recognized command and control point for maritime and aeronautical Search and Rescue (SAR) operations on the Great Lakes and the navigable inland waters of eight states. It is located in Cleveland’s Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building.
Serving the citizens of the United States and Canada through a unique international memorandum of understanding, JRCC Cleveland coordinates the saving or assisting of thousands of lives and millions of dollars worth of property each year. The center also oversees all other Coast Guard response mission areas -- including maritime law enforcement, environmental response, and maritime security -- and is the Coast Guard's operational central point of contact for the Great Lakes region.
JRCC Cleveland employs some of the Coast Guard’s finest search and rescue professionals and technology the world has to offer. JRCC Cleveland proudly responds earlier rather than later, does more rather than less, searches longer rather than shorter and lives by its Search and Rescue Ethos:
every potential victim as you would your own family