Man survived hours in Lake Huron clinging to empty gas tank

- A man survived hours in the waters of Lake Huron this past weekend by clinging to an empty plastic gas tank, according to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office.

They say a boater discovered the 29-year-old man in the water around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, about 3 miles offshore of Lexington, Mich. He also saw the man's sinking boat.

The man and his passengers were able to get the 29-year-old out of the water, warmed him up and brought him to Lexington Harbor.

The man was out on his 14 ft. camouflaged boat by himself when he hit a large wave. The boat took on some water and he fell off. He didn't have any life jackets on board so he emptied the plastic gas tank and used it to keep himself afloat.

The operator told emergency responders he was in the water for about 3 hours.

The man's boat has been recovered.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident.

The incident remains under investigation and a report will be filed with the Sanilac County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lexington is about 80 miles northeast of Detroit. 

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