Victim in fatal Lake Michigan canoe accident identified
The victim of Monday night's canoe accident in Lake Michigan has been identified as 8 year old Stephen William-Osler Easter of Ann Arbor.
The Glen Lake Fire Department tells 7&4 News that a canoe with Stephen and his father, 48 year old William Osler, also of Ann Arbor, aboard overturned off Sleeping Bear Point around 8:30 pm.
Glen Lake and the Coast Guard from Frankfort put rescue boats in the water while a coast guard helicopter from Air Station Traverse City searched from the air.
After searching for nearly two and a half hours Stephen and William were found clinging to the overturned canoe around 11 pm.
Glen Lake Fire rescue crews tell us the victims were extremely hypothermic and unconscious when they found them.
Stephen was lifeflighted by the Coast Guard to Munson Hospital where he later died, William was taken to shore and then transferred to Munson Hospital by ambulance and was last listed in critical condition.
We are told the the pair was making the 9 mile trip back from North Manitou Island to the DH Day Campground at Sleeping Bear Dunes where they were staying when the accident happened.
The Coast Guard says the water temperature was 55 degrees and that both victims were wearing life jackets but not wet suits.