CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued two men and two young boys, July 10, who spent 14 hours in the waters of Lake Huron after their boat capsized on July 9.
The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of those rescued. They were: two men from Macomb, Mich., ages 35 and 40; a 12-year-old boy from Midland, Mich.; and a 10-year-old boy from Linden, Mich.
A search-and-rescue coordinator from Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report, July 9, of an overdue vessel with four people aboard, from the owner of the boat, who reportedly lent it to friends for the day. The owner said that he expected the group to return no later than sunset that night and that the group stated they were departing Au Gres, Mich., toward Saginaw Bay. Their last known location was five miles southwest of Au Gres.
A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit located an overturned 18-foot fishing boat and three of the boaters, all wearing life jackets, in the water at 7:23 a.m. A nearby boater pulled them out of the water and transferred them to aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich. They were transported to Saginaw River Boat Ramp in stable condition and declined medical services.
The fourth boater, who reportedly left the group to swim to shore, was located and rescued by a boatcrew from Station Tawas, in East Tawas, Mich., at 8:30 a.m. He was wearing a life jacket. He was also taken to the Saginaw River Boat Ramp, where he declined medical services.
“The search and rescue efforts of the search party were greatly assisted by the quick response of the vessel's owner and the filing of a float plan,” said Lt. Justin Westmiller, command center supervisor and search-and-rescue mission coordinator at Sector Detroit.
The Coast Guard always recommends boaters remain in contact with someone onshore and also file a float plan. Float plans do not have to be written or submitted anywhere, but as long as someone knows the general facts of a boater's planned outing, they can report it to the proper authorities in case of an emergency.
The Coast Guard also recommends that life jackets be worn at all times when out on the water. For boaters 13 years old and younger, a life jacket is legally required to be worn while boating.