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Fishing trip ends after life-threatening moments

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Source: Huron County Sheriff's Dept. Source: Huron County Sheriff's Dept.
HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Two men, a teen and a young boy are safe despite their fishing trip on the Saginaw Bay ending after life-threatening moments.

Huron Central Dispatch received a call around 7p.m. on Saturday, July 30 about a disabled 16’ boat.

The boat owner, a 54-year-old man from Caro, his 9-year-old son, 45-year-old brother from Deckerville and 19-year-old nephew from Deckerville, were aboard the boat when it overheated and quit working half a mile from the Grieger Road public access in Fairhaven Township.

Investigators said while dispatch was on the phone with the boat owner, his brother decided to swim to shore without a life jacket.

The man made it to shore when the 19-year-old decided to try and make the swim as well. The teen starting having trouble, so the boat owner jumped in and pulled him back to the boat and up into it.

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

The man hung on the side of the boat until an airboat and crew arrived and hoisted him aboard.

He was brought back to shore and checked by paramedics.

The teen and 9-year-old boy were brought back to shore by a Good Samaritan who arrived when the airboat got on scene.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind boaters to always stay with the boat when there is help on the way. If you have to leave the boat, always wear a life jacket.

“Two individuals fortunately didn’t drown last night, which could have easily happened,” Sheriff Kelly Hanson said. 

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