Fishing trip on Saginaw Bay ends after life threatening moments - WNEM TV 5

Fishing trip on Saginaw Bay ends after life threatening moments

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Fairhaven Township, MI -

Last evening at 19:14, Huron Central Dispatch received a call from a disabled boater in the rain about a ½ mile off of the Geiger Rd. Public Access in Fairhaven Twp, whose 16’ boat had overheated and quit. 

While dispatch was making help arrangements for the boat owner, a 54 year old man from Caro, his 9 year old son, his 45 year old brother from Deckerville and his 19 year old nephew also from Deckerville, for whatever reason, the 45 year old decided to swim to shore without a life jacket and made it. 

Then the 19 year old decided to attempt the same but started having trouble. At that time, the 54 year old jumped in and got the 19 year old back to the boat and up in it.

 However, due to fatigue and leg cramps, the 54 year old was unable to get back in the boat. 

While hanging on the side of the boat for a period of time, our airboat and crew arrived and hoisted him aboard the airboat. 

He was brought ashore and was checked out by an awaiting Scheurer Ambulance crew, as well as the other boat occupants were eventually too. 

The remaining two and the disabled boat were brought back in by a good Samaritan who arrived when our airboat got on scene. 

All refused further treatment.  

We ask media to remind boaters to always stay with their boat, especially when it’s known help is on the way. 

And if anyone ever has to exit a boat into the water, ALWAYS wear a properly fitting life jacket. Two individuals fortunately didn’t drown last night, which could have easily happened.

Besides Scheurer Ambulance Service, Fairhaven Twp. Police also assisted.

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