Coast Guard rescues 4 from capsized sailboat in Lake Michigan

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CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued four people after their sailboat capsized near Tunnel Park in Holland, Michigan, Friday afternoon.

A man is pulled aboard a 25-response boat by a Coast Guard Station Holland, Mich., crew member near Tunnel Park in Lake Michigan, June 20, 2014.   The Station Holland crew rescued four people after their sailboat capsized and they were unable to re-right it. (Note: the registration numbers on the boat have been digitally obscured)  U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class William Parkinson

A man is pulled aboard a 25-response boat by a Coast Guard Station Holland, Mich., crew member near Tunnel Park in Lake Michigan, June 20, 2014. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class William Parkinson

At about 1 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received a report from an Ottawa County dispatcher about a capsized sailing vessel one-half mile from shore near Tunnel Park. Sector Lake Michigan launched a crew from Coast Guard Station Holland, Michigan aboard 25-foot response boat to assist.

When the crew arrived on scene, they rescued three people sitting atop the capsized vessel and one person from the water. Once the persons were safely aboard the response boat, they were checked for injuries. After it was determined there were no serious medical concerns, the group was transported to Station Holland.

Three of the four people rescued were wearing life jackets.

Plans are underway to right the vessel and tow it back to shore.

“While it’s the law to have enough life jackets onboard for each passenger, the Coast Guard encourages boaters to take it one step further and wear a life jacket while boating,” said Mike Baron, the recreational boating safety specialist for the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland. “It is much more complicated to try and put it on once you’re in the water.”

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