Coast Guard rescues 2 in Lake Michigan near Charlevoix, Mich.

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND – A rescue boatcrew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., rescued two people in the water in Lake Michigan, near the mouth of the Charlevoix River, Friday afternoon.

Rescued were a 69-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman.

Neither individual was wearing a life jacket.

The communications watchstander at Station Charlevoix received notification from local 911 dispatch at 1:15 p.m., of a capsized canoe and two people in the water. A Station Charlevoix rescue boatcrew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat was already in the area conducting training with an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit.

The boatcrew recovered both individuals and transferred them and their canoe back to shore in good condition.

A personal flotation device, or life jacket, is one of a paddler’s primary pieces of safety gear. Any PFD worn is better than none at all. However, the Coast Guard recommends paddlers use PFDs that are inherently buoyant rather than inflatable, which makes reentering a paddlecraft, especially a sit-inside kayak, easier in the event of a roll-over. PFDs should be brightly colored to increase visibility to boaters in power and sail craft.

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