Coast Guard assists in rescue of three people, searches for one other person

MANISTEE, Mich.- The U.S. Coast Guard commenced a search for a missing fisherman after the boat he and three others were in capsized Monday evening while fishing offshore Manistee.

Coast Guard Stations Manistee and Frankfort launched boats and rescue crews toward the last believed position of the boat. A Coast Guard HH-65C helicopter was launched from Air Station Traverse City.

The capsized vessel was located by the 30-foot response boat crew from Station Frankfort. A Benzie County marine unit rescued the pair clinging to the boat and took them to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

The search continues for the fourth person that was not found holding onto the boat. Coast Guard units that remain searching include HH-65C helicopters from Air Station Traverse City and Air Facility Muskegon, a 47-foot motor lifeboat (MLB) from Station Manistee and a 30-footer from Frankfort.

Station Manistee received a telephone call at 3:51 a.m. Tuesday from a person stating he and three others had capsized the previous evening. The reporting source swam to shore to make the call to the Coast Guard. He reported the three of the four persons were able to grab life jackets when they capsized, but the fourth person did not.

The Coast Guard would like to remind the boating public that boat operators must have a Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every member on board their vessel. The Coast Guard suggests boaters go a step further and wear the life jacket at all times when on the water. There is often little to no time to reach for a stowed life jacket when an accident occurs.

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