DETROIT (AP) – Four conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have been given awards for rescuing two lost visitors at Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River.

The visitors had fallen through ice and made it back to land, but were stranded in the woods and couldn’t find their vehicle.

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Sgt. Michael Feagan and Sgt. Ron Kimmerly were on patrol at the time. With help from conservation officer Michael Drexler and Sgt. Todd Szyska, they eventually found the lost visitors.

Feagan says both were experiencing hypothermia and unable to walk.

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The officers used emergency blankets and their own coats to warm the pair, then helped carry them through deep snow to an ambulance.

The rescuers received lifesaving awards during the January meeting of the state Natural Resources Commission in Thompsonville.


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