Macomb County Sheriffs rescue man on capsized canoe in Lake St. Clair

- It was a windy day and the current picked up on Lake St. Clair, when a seasoned hunter in his canoe was flipped.

The Macomb County Marine Division had to step in and rescue him. Body camera footage showed the boater clinging to his flipped canoe, just offshore from Mount Clemens.
"The wind picked up and it caused waves to go over his boat," said Sgt. Renee Yax, Macomb County Sheriff's Office. "He capsized and into the water he went."

Other boaters saw him struggling and called on The Macomb County Sheriff's Marine Division.

"We are readily accessible right there on the lake and we can go on a moment's notice," Yax said.

Yax says he didn't take a life jacket out goose hunting…and the worst part he had waders on. It's something they see every year when the weather is nice enough to go out but the water is cold. 

"Part of the issue too was that they filled with water and made him very heavy in the water," she said.

They pulled the cold and disoriented man to safety.

"It could have had a very different ending had we not been out there and had someone not have seen him," Yax said. 

This is the second water rescue this season - the first incident was a man trying to wrangle his runaway jet ski. He was found clinging to a buoy.

"We always want everyone to wear a life jacket no matter what they are doing whether they are fishing, hunting or boating," she said.

Yax says carry a charged cell phone with you, and always tell someone where you're going.

"Let your loved ones know where you're going to be," she said. "And when you're going to be done."

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