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4 Rescued After Boat Overturned

SAGINAW (WWJ) – The Coast Guard has rescued four people whose 18-foot boat capsized Monday night in Saginaw Bay.

Officials say two teenagers and an adult were in the water for more than 12 hours when they discovered around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday wearing life jackets near the overturned vessel.The fourth person swam for shore and was found a little bit later.

A friend had called 9-1-1 when the group didn’t return on time.

Rescued were two men from Macomb, ages 35 and 40; a 12-year-old boy from Midland; and a 10-year-old boy from Linden. Their names were not released.

Everyone is expected to be OK.

“The search and rescue efforts of the search party were greatly assisted by the quick response of the vessel’s owner and the filing of a float plan,” said Lt. Justin Westmiller, command center supervisor and search-and-rescue mission coordinator at Sector Detroit, in a statement.

The Coast Guard reminds always  boaters that they should remain in contact with someone onshore and also share with someone the details about their planned outing so they can report it to the proper authorities in case of an emergency.

The Coast Guard also recommends that life jackets be worn at all times when out on the water. For boaters 13 years old and younger, a life jacket is legally required to be worn while boating.

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