Lost 5-year-old boy rescued in Sleeping Bear Dunes

Becky Vargo • Jul 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

TRAVERSE CITY — The Coast Guard assisted local agencies in finding a 5-year-old boy who went missing in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday.

The boy’s name was not released.

A request for help with a helicopter was received by the Coast Guard at about 6:30 p.m. The boy had been reported missing in the park for more than an hour.

A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City launched about 8:30 p.m. and arrived overhead at the park within ten minutes to begin searching. At about 9:15 p.m., the helicopter crew located the missing boy. A rescue swimmer was lowered to remain with him until first responders from the Glen Lake Fire Department could be directed to the location by the helicopter pilots. Members of the fire department then reunited the boy with his parents. The child was listed in good condition.

In addition to the Coast Guard, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park Rangers and the Glen Lake Fire Department, the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department was also involved in the search.

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