High winds cause boat to capsize on Lake St. Clair

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 18, 2017

 The Sheriff’s Marine Division was dispatched to a boat in distress with people in the water Thursday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Marine Division was dispatched to a boat in distress with people in the water Thursday afternoon.

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Three men were saved from Lake St. Clair the afternoon of May 18 after their boat capsized after running out of gas.

According to a report released by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, the three Ohio men, ages 53, 32 and 31, were on a 20-foot Stratos for a day of fishing when they ran out of gas at around 12:09 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Marine Division was dispatched to a boat in distress with people in the 50-degree water east of the 400 On The Lake condos, located on Jefferson Avenue, south of Shook Road.

After running out of gas, the boat began to drift. The report states that the men were attempting to switch to a reserve gas tank when water began coming in over the stern. With the high wind conditions and not being anchored, the boat took on water rapidly and capsized. The three men, who were not wearing life jackets, ended up in the water and clung to their boat until rescue arrived. Two friends of the men, also from Ohio, ages 46 and 44, were nearby in another boat and rescued the men from the lake and took them safely to shore where emergency crews were waiting.

The men were not injured, and the boat was towed to a nearby marina. The report states that the fishing boat that capsized did have life jackets on board.