Coast Guard Station St. Ignace saves two persons in the Cheboygan River

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On Friday afternoon, Coast Guard Station St. Ignace rescued two distressed persons in the water near the Cheboygan River bridge.

At approximately 3 p.m. EST, while conducting training in the Cheboygan River, crewmembers from Station St. Ignace spotted a man in the water and a nearby ten-year-old child in a kayak waving their arms. The crew quickly vectored their vessel to the people in distress and recovered them and their kayaks from the water. They were transported to a nearby marina; no injuries were reported.

“It appeared that the man inadvertently fell into the water from his kayak and was unable to get back in. Luckily, they were wearing their lifejackets-water temperatures are still very cold and hypothermia can set in quickly, said Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Sandor Riholm, the coxswain of the Coast Guard small boat.

“We feel very fortunate that we were in the right place at the right time or else they would not have been able to contact us for help. While on the water, we strongly recommend having a method to communicate if you need help- a VHF radio, a whistle, emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), or flares could easily get someone’s attention to get
assistance.”

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