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Michigan man marooned on North Dakota island, rescued

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A Michigan man working in the western North Dakota oil patch suffered no serious injuries when he was stranded overnight on a lake island.

Thirty-four-year-old Eric Gauthier was fishing on Lake Audubon on Sunday when winds gusting up to 60 mph tipped his canoe. He swam 200 yards to the island -- barely making it through waves 4-5 feet high.

Gauthier's fiancee in Michigan called police when she became worried because she hadn't heard from him. Local, state and federal officials searched for him with help from the Civil Air Patrol. Officials narrowed the search area with help from a cellphone signal and spotted Gauthier from the air Monday afternoon.

Gauthier was rescued, taken to a hospital in Garrison to be checked out, and released.

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