Man rescued after falling overboard in Lake Michigan
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) --The Coast Guard is reminding people to dress for the water temperatures and to always wear a life jacket while out on the water after crews were called to help a man who had fallen overboard.
The Coast Guard Station Manistee watchstander said they overheard a Manistee County dispatch regarding a person in the water, clinging to his boat and unable to climb back aboard around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Crews were dispatched to a position approximately 5 miles south of Manistee and 2 miles off shore.
Once on scene, the crews from the Coast Guard and the Manistee County Sheriff's Office found two people aboard the boat holding on to the man in the water.
Investigators said the man had fallen overboard from the 27-foot pleasure craft when he lost his footing while attempting to net a fish.
The people aboard were not able to get the man back up due to the freeboard of the vessel and lack of ladder or swim platform, according to the Coast Guard.
Prior to the arrival of the crew, the man was assisted with two life jackets and a life ring.
Crews said the man was in the water for approximately 45 minutes and was highly fatigued.
The man was assisted aboard the rescue boat and was treated for hypothermia and a minor cut to the knee.
The man was transported to the Ludington Coast Guard station where he was then transported to the hospital by an ambulance.
Records show the on-scene weather was reported as waves less than a foot and a northwest wind at 5 miles per hour.
The water temperature was 61 degrees.