Coast Guard rescues 1, calls off search for other

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:57:09 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 03 2013 02:06:55 PM EST


The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who disappeared after an airboat capsized on Saginaw Bay off Michigan's Thumb.

The Coast Guard received a rescue call around 8 p.m. Saturday evening after two men were stranded in the water off Fish Point in Saginaw Bay.

The Coast Guard was able to rescue one man clinging to the hull of the capsized boat.

He was lifted into the helicopter and transported to the Bay City Medical Center. He is currently listed in stable condition.

He told police that after the boat capsized the men decided they would swim to the nearest ice floe, but he returned to the capsized boat to await rescue and has not seen the second man since.

Rescue crews from Tuscola County Fire and Police Departments and a rescue airboat crew from Huron County also responded to the call.

Sunday morning around 8 a.m., the Coast Guard along with the Huron County Sheriff's rescue team began searching with underwater cameras for the second missing man.

The Coast Guard says a seven-hour search of the surrounding water and ice failed to locate the other man.


The views expressed below are not those of Click On Detroit, WDIV, or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus