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2 men rescued 14 hours after boat capsized in Lake Huron

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Posted at 8:58 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 08:59:57-04

PORT SANILAC, Mich. (WXYZ) — Two men are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized early Friday morning in Lake Huron.

Around 2 a.m. this morning, U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews and an air crew responded to a capsized boat in Lake Huron near Port Sanilac.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, two men were fishing in an 18-foot boat around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, when a wave overwhelmed the boat.

The daughter of one of the men called the Coast Guard around 11:30 p.m., notifying them that her father usually returned home from his usual fishing spot after four hours. She told officials the location of her father's fishing spot, and the search began.

Both men were rescued after 14 hours of Coast Guard search efforts.

They were able to survive thanks to their life jackets and flashlight they used to shine at the helicopter crew.

The U.S. Coast Guard urges people to wear life jackets, file a float plan and have flashlights when on the water.