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Whistling kayaker rescued

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Police said the 42-year-old man from the east side of the state was visiting the Holland area this week to kayak on Lake Michigan. The man left the Holland pier to kayak south toward Saugatuck when the fog rolled in, and he became disoriented approximately two miles south of the Holland pier.

The man had a cellphone with him, in which he used to call 911 at about 1:20 p.m. Sgt. Cal Keuning of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said a deputy on a patrol boat used the boat’s siren to signal the man, who in turn used a whistle to signal the officer.

The police boat returned the man safely to Lake Macatawa.

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