2 canoeists rescued by deputies, USCG
MANISTIQUE – Two missing canoeists were located last week with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department. There were no injuries reported in the incident.
According to a press release from the department, officers assisted the USCG in a call at 10:30 p.m. on June 18 about two overdue canoeists. The subjects were reported to have launched their canoe in the Manistique River off of the Ten Curves Road in Germfask at noon and were to be canoeing west toward M-77. The canoeists were expected no later than 5 p.m.
Deputies at the sheriff’s office tried calling the cell phone number provided by one of the individuals with no result.
At 11:45 p.m., the sheriff’s office contacted the USCG to request a rescue helicopter. The helicopter arrived on scene at 2:20 a.m. and at 2:37 a.m., a campfire was spotted on the northern bank of the Manistique River where the Fox River connects.
At 3:16 a.m., the campfire was spotted by the sheriff’s department and contact was made with the individuals. They were checked for exposure and did not require EMS.
“I am very pleased with how quickly and efficiently our department works with other departments when situations like this arise,” said Sheriff John Norrington. “It’s important to remember that time is of the essence in these cases. With temperatures dropping down into the forties at night, exposure to the elements can be life threatening. The sooner you report something out of the ordinary, the better agencies can handle it. We want people to know that we are here to take these types of calls anytime.”