Man rescued after being swept into deep water while fishing in Boardman River
A 55-year-old Traverse City man was rescued after being swept into deep water while fishing at the mouth of the Boardman River Wednesday.
Traverse City Police say the incident happened around 10:15 p.m. when the current swept Patrick Ruppen, who was standing in the river, into the deep water.
Police said Ruppen slipped in the water and his waders filled with water pulling him deeper into the water.
Police say Ruppen became disoriented from the cold water and dense fog and was unable to get to shore.
Two police officers responded to the scene and were able to pull him from the water. He was suffering from hypothermia and was unable to speak when he was rescued.
Ruppen was released from the hospital Friday.
Ruppen's son says his father frequently fishes in the Boardman River.