Witnesses Help Police Rescue Canoeists In 'Muth 4-21-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Witnesses Help Police Rescue Canoeists In 'Muth 4-21-2011

The Frankenmuth Police Department responded to a report of a canoe that had tipped over in the Cass River near the Main State bridge about 3 p.m. Thursday.
Police said two witnesses told Saginaw Central Dispatch they had saw a canoe capsize, ejecting the occupants into the Cass River.
When the first Frankenmuth police unit arrived, the two individuals were spotted in the river approximately 200 yards from where the canoe capsized, police said. Both were struggling to keep their heads above water.
The two witnesses were able to pull the first person from the water up onto the bank after throwing him a rope. The FPD officer and the two witnesses then were able to catch the second person just before the victim was swept around the bend in the river at Rosstal Street, according to police.
Police said the first person was in the water about five minutes and the second was in the water about 15 minutes.
Both are Frankenmuth-area residents and were transported to area hospitals by Mobile Medical Response units for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and hypothermia.
The witnesses who helped in the rescue were the owner of the Bavarian Belle and his son, who were preparing their boat for the season when the accident occurred, police said.
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