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Coast Guard rescues man from Saginaw River

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

The Coast Guard rescued a man in the Saginaw Bay Tuesday afternoon after his 19-foot vessel began taking on water.

The Coast Guard Station Saginaw River received a report from the 911 dispatch of the fishing boat, with one man aboard, taking on water about 4.5 miles north of the Saginaw River.

A Coast Guard crew was training 5 miles away and responded to the scene. When they arrived on scene they took the man aboard their vessel, the Coast Guard said.

The crew was unable to tow the vessel to land because of the high winds and waves, and the condition of the boat.

The crew deployed a surface swimmer to connect the tow and towed the boat to calmer water, where they were able to dewater the boat.

After dewatering the boat the crew towed it to the Bay Harbor Marina in Bay City where it was safely moored, the Coast Guard said.

"Boaters need to check the weather forecast before they head out," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Don Hamilton, a coxswain at Station Saginaw River. "Great Lakes weather can change in an instant, so it's important to keep an eye out and constantly evaluate the changing weather."

There were no reports of any injuries and the man was wearing a life jacket.

The on-scene conditions were reported to be 3- to 5-foot waves with southerly winds at 23 to 28 mph, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard is not releasing the man's name.

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