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Fisherman hypothermic after rescue

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A man out fishing was rescued after his boat began taking on water and capsized.

It happened on Oct. 6 at 12:41 p.m. several hundred yards offshore in Huron County’s Lake Township, near the Oak Beach County Park.

The 70-year-old fisherman told officials he had been hanging onto his boat in the water for about an hour before a witness saw him and rowed out to try and help him.

The Caseville man was wearing a life jacket, but because he was in waders the witness couldn’t pull him into the boat.

By that time rescuers arrived and were able to pull him out of the water.

He was hypothermic after being in the 59-degree water for so long and was taken to the hospital where his body core temperature had fallen into the low 90s, according to the Huron County Sheriff's Department.

The man was treated and released.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Department wants to emphasize that the water has cooled off to the upper 50s, and will continue to cool down.

Please take extra precautions when heading out.

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