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.