Coast Guard rescues teen from Betsie Bay near Frankfort, Mich.

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued a 16-year-old male who attempted to swim across Betsie Bay near the city boat launch in Frankfort, Michigan, Saturday evening.

Around 9 p.m. last night, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received a call from a Benzie County dispatcher who said a man setting up fireworks called 911 after hearing two young males calling for help in Betsie Bay. Sector Lake Michigan launched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Frankfort, Michigan aboard a 25-foot response boat.

When the crew arrived on scene, they rescued the teen in front of the city boat launch. The other male had already made it to shore. After the crew brought the person to shore, he was treated by local emergency services for hypothermia.

The two teens were not wearing life jackets and were released with no medical concerns.

The Coast Guard encourages the public to wear life jackets while enjoying the lakes this summer. It is also important to let someone know your plans while engaged in activities in and around the water.

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