Coast Guard rescues one, recovers two others from Lake Saint Claire

St. Claire Shores, Mich.–Three men went swimming off a boat on Lake Saint Claire this afternoon. A woman, who was with them aboard the boat, hailed the Coast Guard at approximately 3 p.m. after she lost sight of the three who were swimming nearby.

Coast Guard Station St. Claire Shores launched a 25-foot response boat RB-S and a 33-foot special purpose craft SPC-LE to respond. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to aid in the search.

Crewmembers from Station St. Claire Shores rescued one of the males, who was treading water, and took him to shore where emergency medical services waited to assess possible injuries.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted a second male and deployed a rescue swimmer to assist the crew of the 33-foot Coast Guard boat recover the unconscious swimmer. Crewmembers on the 33-foot boat performed CPR as they transported the male to shore. Local EMS transported the male to local hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 5:10 p.m.

The third swimmer, who was also found unconscious, was recovered by the Macomb County Sheriffs Department. He too was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Coast Guard crews worked in conjunction with Wayne County and Macomb County Sheriffs Departments to locate the missing swimmers.

“Once on scene, the crews found two lifejackets floating in the water. No one was wearing them,” said Petty Officer Jason Shapiro, watch-stander at Station St. Claire Shores. The Coast Guard encourages those who recreate on the Great Lakes to wear the appropriate safety gear.

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