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Monday, 08 July 2013 15:04

Three men rescued from sinking boat in Huron County

(HURON COUNTY) -- The Huron County Sheriff's Office assisted in the rescue of three men whose boat sank Sunday morning near Osceola Reef in Huron County's Hume Township. Huron Central Dispatch received a call around 8:40 a.m. from a 22-year-old Kinde resident reporting that his boat was sinking. The man and his two passengers, a 29-year old New Haven man and a 33-year old Caro man, had been fishing about two and a half miles offshore when the 18 foot Bayliner started to take on water. The men tried to accelerate in an attempt to drain water from the boat, but the engine eventually became submerged, causing the boat to go under. A charter boat captain who was nearby responded to their calls for help and managed to get the three of them out of the water to safety. The Huron County Sheriff Department's Marine Division arrived shortly after and towed the boat to shore. No one was injured in the incident. Additional assistance was also provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Harbor Beach post.

Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the Huron County Marine Division handled other incidents on the water during the Fourth of July Holiday weekend. Deputies investigated a property damage boating accident involving a boat running aground in the Caseville area and an incident on the Sebewaing River where a boater was forced aground by an alleged careless boater. There were over 100 safety equipment inspections performed as well.