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4 rescued after boat sinks on the Saginaw Bay

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Courtesy: Joshua Nelson Courtesy: Joshua Nelson
BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Four people were rescued after their boat sunk in the Saginaw Bay.

It happened Saturday morning, July 9, in the waters near Linwood.

Justin Gerona said he was out fishing with three friends when they heard a call on the scanners about a boat taking on water.

After getting the coordinates from the Coast Guard, Gerona and his friends headed to the spot and said they found a couple, their daughter and their daughter’s boyfriend in the water. Their boat had already sunk.

They were being pulled onto another vessel.

"I was relieved the minute I saw them on Mike's boat," Gerona said.

The Coast Guard said they all suffered from mild hypothermia, but life jackets probably saved their lives.

"Absolutely saved their lives. There's not a doubt about it," U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson Mike Beatty said.

He said the incident should remind all boaters to be safe on the water.

"If you're going to go someplace let a friend or a family member know where you're going, when you're leaving and when you plan to get back. So if they don't hear from you or see you, they can contact the Coast Guard," Beatty said.

Everyone was pulled to safety and Joshua Nelson took video as the Coast Guard arrived.

The boat is still at the bottom of the Saginaw Bay, the Coast Guard estimates it's in 20 to 24 feet of water.

"It's scary," Gerona said. "Whether it's my family, whether it's nobody I know, it doesn't mater. It's a life and death situation so I'm going to go check for you."

Gerona said boaters should leave the lines of communication open.

"Everybody out here that has a VHF radio, please just leave it on. [It] could have been your family. Everybody has a family. That's pretty must what happened that day," he said.

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