Coast guard rescues man trying to walk across Lake St. Clair

The lakes are mostly frozen, but trying to walk across one to Canada is still not in the books.

Thursday morning, the Coast Guard rescued a man trying to walk across Lake Saint Clair.

Joshua Zike, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, says they were heading from Algonac, Mich. downbound the St. Clair River Thursday morning to do track maintenance when they spotted the man. 

Zike says the man was about 900 feet away from the track. He says when his team was unable to communicate with the man, they decided to send a two-man rescue team on the ice.

"We didn't want him to get close to the cutter and potentially fall into the ice since we had been breaking the track," Zike says. 

When they reached him, they found the man was starting to show signs of hypothermia. They brought him back to the boat to administer first aid. 

The crew returned to Algonac to get the man to the hospital. 

Zike says the man is from the area, and that all he would say is that he was going from the Detroit area to Toronto. Zike says he was carrying a backpack with some clothes, food and a sleeping bag. 

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