Coast Guard rescues 3 near Saugatuck, Mich.

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew saved three people from drowning Saturday night after their boat capsized near Saugatuck, Mich., sending all three people into the water.

A 25-foot Response Boat–Small crew from Coast Guard Station Holland, Mich., arrived on scene with the capsized boat, about three and a half miles northwest of the Saugatuck pierhead, to find the mariners clinging to the hull of their 24-foot recreational boat. Two of the three were wearing lifejackets.

The RB-S crew brought the three people aboard and transported them to awaiting emergency medical technicians on shore. The RB-S crew reported the mariners might have mild hypothermia. No other injuries were reported.

“This rescue illustrates how important it is for boaters to have VHF-FM marine radios,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Branden Shevchook, of the Sector Lake Michigan command center. “Using their radio, they were able to notify us quickly that they were in distress and pass critical information, including their location, moments before their boat capsized.”

Two of the boaters, ages 28 and 30, are from Allegan, Mich., and the third, age 50, is from Otsego, Mich.

The names of the individuals who were rescued are not being released.

A commercial salvage company removed the vessel from the water.

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