Coast Guard rescues three after vessel capsizes

WASHINGTON ISLAND, Wisc. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people Monday after their vessel capsized off of Ephraim Harbor, Wisc.

The three people were not wearing a personal floatation device. The fourth person on the vessel, a child, was wearing a PFD.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, located in Milwaukee, received a report at approximately 3:45 p.m., that a vessel with four people on board capsized off of Ephraim Harbor.

Coast Guard Station Washington Island launched a 30-foot response and recovered two adults and one teenager from the water. The fourth person safely swam to shore. A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., was requested, but was not needed because the people were safely recovered.

The Coast Guard would like all boaters to not only have a life jacket for every passenger on board, but to wear a life jacket at all times when boating. Wearing a life jacket can only increase your chances of survivability when you fall overboard or are in distress. For additional boating safety tips, go to

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