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Missing boater found in Lake St. Clair after going overboard

July 9, 2019

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A missing boater has been found safe after he told authorities he fell overboard in Lake St. Clair, swam to an island and commandeered another boat to reach rescuers.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office says they started searching for the man Monday night in the lake off of southeastern Michigan after a woman reported that he apparently jumped from the moving boat. She called 911 and wasn’t able to stop the 40-foot (12.2-meter) boat, so deputies found her, jumped aboard and stopped the boat.

Crews searched for the 43-year-old St. Clair Shores man until about 1 a.m. Tuesday, when he reached them. He told them that after commandeering the boat he headed toward searchers.

He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. No one is expected to face charges.

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