Fishermen make it to shore after boat swamps

Two Grand Rapids-area men were taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia after their fishing boat swamped in Lake Macatawa and they had to swim to shore, said Sgt. Keith Garvelink of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. Terrance Mullenix, 39, of Wyoming; and Brett James, 32, of Grand Rapids, went fishing in a 16-foot fiberglass boat about 5 p.m. Friday, Garvelink said. The boat started taking on water when the men were about 200 yards south of the Anchorage Marina on the north side of the lake.
Tribune Staff
Oct 3, 2011


The men abandoned the boat and tried to swim north to what appeared to be the closest shore, but the current was too strong, Garvelink said. They returned to the boat — and, after some time, left the capsized and sinking vessel and used boat cushions to swim to the south shore, where a resident spotted them and called 911 for help.

The two men were taken by ambulance to Holland Hospital for treatment.


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