CLEVELAND (WWJ) – The Coast Guard has rescued two people who were stranded on an island in Saginaw Bay.

Officials said the paddlers were unable to make their way in their inflatable boat because of the strong currents in the area and were stuck on Channel Island.

The Coast Guard station deployed a 45-foot response boat. The boat crew rescued the two individuals and transported them to the Coast Guard station where they were treated for mild hypothermia by EMS and released in good condition.

“These two paddlers were extremely fortunate, especially given the frigid water temperatures,” said Chief Petty Officer Thomas Sims, executive petty officer at Station Saginaw River.

“With boating season ramping up and the change in seasons, it is imperative that boaters plan ahead and dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. We are ready to respond 24/7, but as fast as the Coast Guard is, cold water and hypothermia can be even faster.”

The Coast Guard provides the following safety information online:

HypothermiaPaddle Craft SafetyBoating Safety


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