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Deputies rescue unconscious, drowning 18-year-old

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Deputies rescued a drowning 18-year-old who was unconscious at the bottom of a lake.

At 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was investigating an incident outside of the harbor wall in Port Sanilac.

During the deputies’ investigation, they heard a group of people screaming for help on the break-wall.

Marine Dep. Zack Washkevich and Tate Bongard quickly drove to those in distress with the Sheriff’s Patrol Boat.

The group said their 18-year-old friend from Sandusky jumped in the water and didn’t come back up.

Sgt. Matt Armstrong said that Dep. Washkevich dove 8-feet-down into the bottom of the lake and reached the 18-year-old.

He was unconscious and unresponsive, but the deputy brought him to the surface.

Vance Petretis, 46, and Jennifer Lance, 42, were riding their jet skis nearby with Dale Hunt, 49, also jumping into the water to help.

The three of them got the 18-year-old to the boat launch with one of the jet skis.

Port Sanilac firefighters and Sanilac EMS began treating the 18-year-old.

He was taken to McKenzie Hospital and later flown by Lifenet to Saginaw Covenant for treatment.

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