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Deputy rescues man from lake after canoe overturns

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Source: Lapeer County Sheriff's Dept. Source: Lapeer County Sheriff's Dept.

A Lapeer County deputy rescued a man from a lake after his canoe overturned on Saturday.

The incident happened about 4:18 p.m. on Twin Lake in North Branch.

A nearby hunter, Anthony Hentschel, heard someone yelling for help. He followed the sound and discovered a male clinging to an overturned canoe about 100 yards from shore, according to the Lapeer County Sheriff's Office.

Hentschel called for help and Deputy Dan Kohler, who is also a member of the dive team, responded. Kohler changed into dive gear and swam out to the individual with a flotation vest and line provided by the DNR.

Deputies pulled the man, Michael Gamalski, to the shore using the rope lines and vest, the sheriff's office said.

Gamalski, 56, of Port Huron, said he was pulling up an anchor when his canoe overturned.

He was transported to McLaren-Lapeer, but later released.

The sheriff's office credit Hentschel, Kohler and several other officers for saving Gamalski's life.

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