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Coast Guard rescues man who spent two hours in Lake Huron after kayak overturned

By JUSTINE LOFTON | MLive.com | Published: June 2, 2020

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Tribune News Service) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man who spent more than two hours the frigid waters of Lake Huron.

Coastguardsman stationed in Traverse City were launched over the weekend on a report of a kayaker who was stranded on the shore of Georgian Bay in Canada, according to an announcement by U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City. They used a helicopter to reach the location, and lowered a basket to raise the man up to the aircraft.

After falling off his kayak, the man spent over two hours in the water before reaching shore. He was suffering from hypothermia.

“Thankfully, the survivor had been wearing a life jacket and a wetsuit, which likely saved his life,” the announcement said.

The man was with two friends who also fell into the water, but they quickly made it to shore and built a fire.

“This case is a great reminder to dress for the temperature of the water, not the air temperature,” the announcement said. “And always wear a life jacket; it can save your life!”

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