Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw Rescues 2 Canoers

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. — Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and Coast Guard Station St. Ignace rescued two people after their canoe was overturned by 25 knot winds this afternoon.

Two 21-year-olds were canoeing in the South Channel of Lake Huron when they were overpowered by strong westerly winds and overturned into the water approximately two miles away from the Mackinaw.

The Mackinaw’s crew received a call at 1:35 p.m. from Station St. Ignace that a woman reported that two of her children, both wearing life jackets, were adrift offshore, had turned over their canoe and were barely in sight.

Cutter Mackinaw’s crew set its rescue and assistance bill and immediately launched its small boat to search for the pair. The crew also deployed two shore side teams with marine radios and emergency medical equipment to vector the small boat to the waterborne pair.

The small boat crew located the two and safely brought them aboard. The pair were transferred to a 47-foot patrol boat from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace where they were then transported to awaiting Emergency Medical Services at the Cheboygan County Marina.

The pair were in the water for approximately one hour and are being treated at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital for hypothermia.

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