Huron County 911 received a call Sunday morning from the owner of a pleasure craft who reported that his boat just sank off Hume Township's northern coastline.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson said the boat's owner, Adam Dubs, 22, of Kinde, told 911 dispatchers around 8:40 a.m. that the boat went under near the Osceola Reef, about 2.5 miles offshore of Hume Township.
Apparently he and a 29-year-old man from New Haven, along with a 33-year-old man from Caro, were trolling for fish and were all standing near the stern of his 1984 18' Bayliner boat.
Kelly said with an approximate 2' following sea and a low freeboard on the boat, the boat began to take on water and the bilge pump apparently malfunctioned. This led the boat to begin to sink.
Police said Dubs tried to accelerate to help drain the water out of the boat, but the engine submerged and the boat sank with the exception of the bow. They immediately began to yell for help as they entered the water and that's when Dubs called 911.
Kelly said local charter boat Captain John Holmes, who was near by, responded and got them all out of the water.
Holmes began to tow the disabled boat back to Port Austin and was assisted by Huron County Sheriff's Patrol Boat #150, which arrived on scene about 10 minutes later. During the tow, the boat did somewhat re-surface. Once in Port Austin, Huron County Sheriff's deputies used a de-watering pump from the Patrol Boat to totally re-float the boat so it could be loaded on a trailer.
Kelly said no one was injured during the incident.
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