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Boaters rescued after 16 hours floating in Lake Huron

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Boaters rescued after 16 hours floating in Lake Huron. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

PORT SANILAC, Mich. – Two men were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard 14 miles away from the Lake Huron shore Friday after their vessel capsized during a fishing trip.

The rescue happened at approximately 2:13 a.m. Friday near Port Sanilac, according to Coast Guard officials.

Both men had been in the water for 16 hours after a wave overturned their 18-foot boat around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

They weren’t reported as overdue until 13 hours later when a relative call 911 at 11:20 p.m.

In response, the Coast Guard launched two boat crews and an aerial unit to conduct the search.

Thanks to a flashlight and the use of night-vision goggles, the men were spotted clinging to the side of their overturned vessel.


Upon rescued, one of the men was airlifted via helicopter to an area hospital after displaying signs of hypothermia. The other man was transferred to EMS in stable condition.


Coast Guard officials credit good planning on the boaters’ part for helping in their rescue, noting the use of lifejackets, leaving a detailed plan of where they were going and when they would return with someone onshore.

The men were also credited with keeping themselves out of the 70-degree water as best they and using a flashlight to signal the rescue the helicopter.