Man rescued from Lake Mich. after his boat sinks

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station St. Joseph plucked a recreational boater from Lake Michigan after his 38-foot boat sank Wednesday afternoon. Rescued was a 50-year-old man from Berrien Springs. His name is not being released. Coast Guard Station St. Joseph was contacted at 6:16 p.m. by the man on a marine band radio. The man reported he had looked into the engine compartment of his boat to investigate a burning smell and smoke, and saw the compartment begin to flood with water.
Tribune Staff
Oct 6, 2011


The Coast Guard boat crew, already underway on a patrol, was diverted to respond to the incident. By the time they arrived at the scene, the man had put on a lifejacket, depressed the distress button on his handheld marine band radio, and grabbed his emergency signaling devices before the boat sank and he entered the water. As the Coast Guard boat neared, he fired a flare to ensure they could locate him.

The man’s boat was nearly completely sunk, with only 3-4 feet of the bow remaining above the water.

The crew took the man aboard and had him put on one of their cold-water drysuits to warm him up. They transported him to the station, where he was met by emergency medical personnel. Once he was dry and warm, he declined further medical assistance and was released.

“Combining the fact that he had a float plan with his family, he knew how to operate his radio and who to contact, and had all required and recommended safety gear, all came together to make it very easy to effect a rescue,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Catanzarite, officer-of-the-day at Station St. Joseph. “His preparation exponentially increased his chances of survival.”



All those safe boating classes sure do pay off. When the unexpected happens, then the training takes over. Great job, Coast Guard Auxilliary for teaching us safe boating.

So, where is the new shipwreck dive site?


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