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Four kayakers rescued after search

MANISTIQUE – Four kayakers were rescued after becoming lost on the Manistique River Saturday. The kayakers were unharmed during the incident.

According to a press release from the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department, the kayakers were reported missing at approximately 6:15 p.m. The group included three adults and a nine-year-old boy.

The kayakers had entered the river at the Merwin Creek landing at around noon, and were found by a search team approximately one mile from the Wyman Nursery in Manistique. The search took approximately three hours to complete.

The search team included: the sheriff’s department, Manistique Public Safety, Michigan State Police, Sault Tribe Public Safety, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Engadine man charged with fleeing

GOULD CITY – An Engadine man has been charged with fleeing and eluding police and operating an ATV while under the influence following an incident Saturday.

According to a press release from the Michigan State Police – St. Ignace Post, Robert Joseph Frey, 37, was observed operating his ATV on U.S. 2 near Gould City. When troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, Frey slowed down and appeared to pull over. When police approached the vehicle, Frey allegedly fled at high rate of speed.

A pursuit ensued from Gould City through Engadine. Frey allegedly drove on both sides of the roadway, nearly hitting several vehicles and at one point driving into a patrol car causing minor damage.

The pursuit concluded when Frey drove into Millecoquins Lake, approximately 20 yards from shore. After a brief stand-off with officers, Frey was taken into custody.

The incident remains under investigation. Troopers were assisted by deputies from the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department.

Frey is currently out on bond pending a preliminary hearing in the 92nd District Court.

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