Coast Guard Station Sheboygan rescues boy near Sheboygan, Wis.

CLEVELAND – A boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wis., rescued a three-year-old boy near Kings Beach, Wis., at about 1:45 p.m. Central Standard Time, Wednesday.

A rescue crew from Station Sheboygan launched aboard a 25-foot response boat after receiving notification via 911 relay that the boy, holding onto an inflatable toy, had drifted about 200 yards offshore.

“We are very fortunate that this case turned out the way that it did.,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Marcus Evans, the officer-in-charge of Station Sheboygan. “This is yet another example of how quickly things can change on Lake Michigan.”

“Parents and guardians should never assume that they will be able to act quickly enough to help in an emergency. The strong forces and cold water temperatures of Lake Michigan can be more than even the strongest swimmers can overcome,” added Evans.

“Wearing a properly fitted life jacket is the single best way to be safe around the water.”

The boat crew brought the boy back to Station Sheboygan where he was reunited with family.

The Coast Guard advises the following while swimming:

  • Keep an eye out for potentially dangerous conditions, such as large patches of vegetation on the water surface, just in case. Kids could potentially get tangled in these patches and attract the interest of animal predators.
  • Don’t rely on floatation devices like water wings or rafts to keep your children safe. You should be swimming with them until they are strong enough to go it alone.
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