Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters from Lake Michigan

A U.S. Coast Guard crew saved three people from drowning in Lake Michigan after their boat capsized near Saugatuck on Saturday night. The capsized boat was about 3.5 miles northwest of the Saugatuck pier head. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Holland found the three people clinging to the hull of their 24-foot recreational boat. Two of the three were wearing lifejackets. The three people were transported to awaiting emergency medical technicians on shore. The Coast Guard said the boaters might have mild hypothermia. No other injuries were reported.
Tribune Staff
Jun 6, 2011

Two of the boaters, ages 28 and 30, are from Allegan; the third, age 50, is from Otsego. Their names were not released.

“This rescue illustrates how important it is for boaters to have VHF-FM marine radios,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Branden Shevchook of the USCG Sector Lake Michigan Command Center. “Using their radio, they were able to notify us quickly that they were in distress and pass critical information — including their location — moments before their boat capsized.”

A commercial salvage company has removed the vessel from the water.

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