Police: Couple paddles to shore after boating accident - WNEM TV 5

Police: Couple paddles to shore after boating accident

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SANILAC COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A husband and wife had to frantically paddle their way to shore after their boat was involved in an accident.

The incident happened on Saturday about 11:40 p.m. on Lake Huron near Fisher Road in Sanilac County.

The 35-year-old Croswell man and his 31-year-old wife were traveling in about 15 feet of water when the boat struck a rope that was attached to a buoy, the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office said.

The rope caused damage to the outdrive and the boat started taking on water. The couple were the only two passengers aboard the boat.

The man called the Coast Guard on his marine radio and used GPS to relay his location to them, police said.

The couple then used the oars on board the boat and began paddling to shore.

When emergency units arrived the boat had already made it to shore, police said.

The couple was not injured during the accident.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, police said.

The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office said if the boat operator did not have the proper equipment on board the ship would have likely sank and the couple would have been forced to swim to shore until help arrived.

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