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Coast Guard rescues campers from Sleeping Bear Dunes island after unexpected three-day stay

By JUSTINE LOFTON | MLive.com | Published: July 15, 2020

NORTH MANITOU ISLAND, Mich. (Tribune News Service) — Two campers were rescued from North Manitou Island this week after their boat ran aground, stranding them for three days.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City used a helicopter and a basket to hoist the man and woman to safety on Sunday, July 12.

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“They had spent the night there and woke up the next morning to find their boat aground, turning an overnight trip into three days spent on the island,” officials said in a Facebook post.

Waves had pushed their anchored boat onto shore, preventing them from leaving the island within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park, officials said.

There is currently no ferry service to the island, and large waves prevented other boats from reaching the stranded campers. With other resources unable to reach them, Air Station Traverse City stepped in to rescue them via helicopter.

“This case is a great reminder to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, and always tell someone where you’ll be going and when you plan to return,” officials said.

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