Fisherman rescued from frigid Lake Michigan

A 24-year-old Hastings man escaped injury after slipping off Grand Haven’s south pier into Lake Michigan Friday night.
Becky Vargo
Nov 24, 2013

The man was apparently tending his fishing pole when he slipped into the water about 10:33 p.m., said Chief Jeff Hawke, director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Shane and Timothy Frazier of Spring Lake and Jeremiah Kimbel of Hastings rescued the man, Hawke said.

Shane Frazier threw the man a life ring. The three men then pulled the victim from the water.

He was treated on the scene by GHDPS officers and North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics. He left on his own, once he was warmed up, Hawke said.
 

Comments

bigdeal

So, this happened 44 hours ago.
Good thing there were smart people and a life ring around to save his hide. One lucky guy.

ezattlin

Where'd the ones on the North Pier go? they took those down a couple weeks ago.

ezattlin

Where'd the ones on the North Pier go? they took those down a couple weeks ago.

LessThanAmused

Further evidence that there is no shortage of really stupid people running around without proper supervision these days.

pocodot

If only all of us could obtain an intellectual level equal to your own, none of us would slip and fall while fishing... we can only pray.

LessThanAmused

Intellectual level?? How about just being smart enough to know when to come in out of the rain?

Not a fisherman myself so I don't understand why the **** any reasonably intelligent person would be out on the pier, at 10:30 at night, at this time of year, with these temps and not be aware enough to know that there might be an ice issue that could cause them be slipping off into the water.

Seriously, is some stupid fish worth taking a chance at losing your life over? He was dang lucky there was someone out there to save his stupid *** or this report would be reading a bit different this morning. Again...is some stupid fish worth losing your life? And why that late at night? Is this some special fish you have to sneak up on under the cover of darkness??

This guy better be careful for awhile, he escaped being a darwin statistic by a hair, might not be as lucky next time.

rukidding

Really pocodot? Cold, windy, dark, wet, slippery, pier, fishing, hypothermia, damn you do the math. You have to admit this was not the height of intelligence.

1stWorldProblems

Here is the man himself, describing his scary ordeal..

http://www.michigan-sportsman.co...

rukidding

Thanks for the link, nice to read the story of how it happened and the quick action of others that were there; I still think it isn't the real smart thing to do, but to each his or her own.

LessThanAmused

A good read.
Glad to know he wasn't out there by himself.

for the record I have nothing against fishing or fisherman, I just never got into it.

To the guy who fell, you're not too stupid to fish bud, but being on the pier, at night, in icy conditions is not the brightest thing to do. I'm sure you realize that now. My comments aside, I'm glad you made it back to land. There have been many people go off that pier and never come back over the years. It can be a dangerous place on a sunny warm day if you're not paying the right amount of attention.

I know more about what you went thru than you'd think. I know it can be a life changing experience. Once when I was much younger I was out there on a sunny winter afternoon in February, shooting pics of the lighthouse and the views. I had my tripod set-up close to the edge of the middle section at the end when all of a sudden I lost my footing, fell backward, bounced off the top section to the lower level cement and then slid off the pier, on my back, right onto an iceberg. There was some open water around, but once I got my bearings after cold-cocking myself on the pier, I was able to crawl across the iceberg, dig some handholds in the ice on the side of the pier and climb back up to the pier surface. The whole event took maybe 15 minutes. I wasn't wet and wasn't really cold cuz I was dressed for an all day event, but I had a heckuva knot on my head and the fear factor probably took about a week off my life expectency. AND I was out there by myself AND I don't swim. There was no one around to yell for help to, so I just stayed calm until I thought a plan thru. Without those icebergs I'd have been S.O.L. and that thought occurred to me constantly for the next couple days. I still go out on the pier, but it's usually on nice warm summer days. I don't think I've been back out there with the tripod since that day.

So yeah, I can call you stupid, because I know what stupid is.....been there, done that. Don't do it again.

P.S. I never told my wife that happened, so I didn't have to take additional grief from her. Good luck with your bride.

1stWorldProblems

For what it's worth, it's very common to fish for whitefish (at night) on the piers up and and down the Lake Michigan shoreline, this time of year.

pocodot

My friends work the tugs... and this time of year if their not working they're out fishing whitefish.
"mmm", I love those Friday night fish fries!!

LessThanAmused

Thanks for the info, but why at night? do they sleep all day or something? The fish that is, not the fishermen.

snowfish

To "lessthanamused"....That is excactly why you have no idea why someone would go out there....your not a fisherman. And criticizing someone for something that you know nothing about makes you an idiot.

LessThanAmused

LOL! Whatever....I'm not the moron who fell off the pier in the middle of the night, while fishing.

Learn to read so you're not an idiot too....I didn't criticize him for fishing, I criticized him for being on the pier, in the dark, in icy conditions. Fishing was just the reason he was there....couldn've just as easily been someone out just walking for the heck of it. I don't know if the people who saved him were part of his troop, or just happened to be out there too, but it's pretty d*** stupid to be out there by yourself, in the dark, in less than ideal conditions anytime, whether or not you have a fishing pole with you.

truthhurts

No new here; lessthanamused would rather take the government handout because his ‘back hurts’ he knows nothing about earning/working for his meal. ^thanks for your poetic insight

bigdeal

^ Never ceases to amaze me how ignorant people think SS or disability is a gubmint handout. Of course, we have been paying into it our entire working lives, but it is now a 'handout'. If you ever read the truth, I believe it would hurt you. Go to the SS website and see how much YOU have paid into it so far.

truthhurts

its for when you retire! not when you feel like you can't work anymore at age 50. How much SS will there be for this current generation that is paying into it after you steal it all from them? You are putting yourself before everyone else...but that is nothing new for liberals, you want cozy now not later. Handouts are getting something for nothing,..so if you are pre-65 on SS thats a handout, if you're on disability but get up every morning to take a shower by yourself thats a handout, if you are on unemployment thats a handout regardless

bigdeal

You have a clue how old LTA is, or anyone on here? No, you assume, making one out of only you. You do not know the SS laws, what you write is lies, period. As for disability, well it is for when that happens, no matter the age. You spew misinformation and outright lies, just like any conservative when it has no basis to even be discussed here. You have attempted to pull a Vladian, but without any 2 year old links, thereby negating your viewpoint. Educate yourself instead of sounding like the tea party poster girl.

truthhurts

he did mention it in a separate arrogant post of his, I did not assume anything, i was merely making a point so other's know about the true buffoon behind the screen bashing fisherman.

Let makes one thing clear about spewing mis-information and lies...look at our current part time leader!

bigdeal

more of your stinking lies. Can you type something without one undeniable lie???
http://www.tampabay.com/news/pol...
And let me educate you on SS laws...available at 62 (50 for widow[ers]), not your fantasy age 65, and no handout what so ever mate...
http://www.benefits.gov/benefits...

truthhurts

look at it how you ever you want, but baby boomers are going to suck it dry! Are people living longer today then they did 30 years ago? yes, the retirement age must be raised! You like pointing the lying finger! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6...

bigdeal

I point out YOUR lies. Yes, I have seen the video, it has been posted on here quite a few times by other tea partiers. I could find videos of many past presidential 'lies' just with a search. Promises made by both sides during campaign which never came to fruition.
We need the congress to stop raiding it and leaving worthless IOU's.
Consider the following stories in the Los Angeles Times.

April 6, 1992 – “The new siren is a frank and gloomy assessment that the national trust fund that pays hospital bills for 34 million Americans on Medicare will be broke in 10 years.” The would be George H.W. Bush telling us that Medicare would be broke in

2002. January 9, 1984 – “Some adjustments are needed to head off bankruptcy in the Medicare system. The trust fund that helps pay doctor and hospital bills for 29 million Americans will run out of money by 1990 if nothing is done” That would be President Reagan saying that Medicare would be broke by 1990.

June 20, 1980 – “Unless Congress acts, the Social Security fund will run out of money to pay retirement and survivors’ benefits by late 1981 or early 1982, the funds government trustees reported Thursday.”

May 6, 1978 – “The social security trust funds that pay benefits to retired and disabled workers will be in good shape for several more decades but the fund that pays hospital insurance under Medicare will go broke by 1990, the trustees told Congress today.” That would be President Jimmy Carter again with a “go broke date of 1990.

August 30, 1960 – “That the [Medicare] bill passed was totally uninformed and almost totally irrational made no difference; the Democratic Presidential candidate can cry that he wanted to do more the old folks and the Republican candidate can say that the Congress might have done less if he hadn’t been so busy…We said that he bill was total uninformed, and it is…Nobody knows what it is right to do about medical aid to the aged because nobody has determined how many need help….Moreover, the political promoters have not had the courage to declare bluntly that everybody at age 65 receive a government health stipend, regardless of need…”

Oct. 8, 1940 – Republican Presidential candidate Wendell Willkie addressed social security – “…I want to say this in connection with social security that unless there is a change in administration those people who are presently paying into social security fund will never get any benefit there from…If it continues down the present path it will eventually bankrupt this country. We are bound to have either bankruptcy or inflation, and I say it very solemnly that those who are paying in on their social security will never get the principal of the social security when they need it in their old age…”

So, in other words Social Security has been going bankrupt for over 70 years! I suspect that it will going broke 70 years from now and 70 years after that.

And, it was only 14 years ago, 1999 (Clinton 2nd term), long after it was already bankrupt, Medicare, Social Security, and the US Treasury had surpluses! “Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said the GOP wants 90 percent of the surplus used for the debt. In a CNN interview, he said the other 10 percent should be used to “take care of a lot of priorities we have, like prescription drugs, making sure that our education needs are met, making sure some of our national security needs are met, and doing that while at the same time protecting the Social Security surplus and the Medicare surplus."

truthhurts

no wonder we are 10 trillion in debt...thanks for the post

Bee

Glad there were people there to help the guy.

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