Man floats on gas tank for 3 hours after boat takes on water in Lake Huron

LEXINGTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - A man survived by floating on a gas tank for hours after the boat he was riding in took on water in Lake Huron over the weekend.

According to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office, the 29-year-old man from Lexington, north of Port Huron, was on his 14-foot camouflage boat by himself. He said he hit a large wave and the boat began taking on water. The wave also forced him out of the boat.

The man told sheriff's deputies that he didn't have any life jackets on board, so he emptied a plastic gas tank and used it to keep him afloat.

Luckily, a 53-year-old man from Sandusky was on his boat and came across the other man in the water. He and his passengers were able to pull him from the water and keep him warm before going to Lexington Harbor.

Deputies were able to find the boat and recover it, and the man was taken to McLaren Port Huron to be checked out.

Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, according to deputies, but they are still investigating.

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