Kayaker rescued from Chief Lake.

April 3, 2018

Kayaker rescued from Chief Lake.


BEAR LAKE TOWNSHIP — Manistee County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from three departments rescued a 67-year-old man whose kayak flipped over in the icy waters of Chief Lake off Anderson Road Tuesday, April 3, shortly after 9 a.m., according to Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan.

“Due to the ice around open water, a passerby was unsuccessful getting his small boat out to him,” O’Hagan said. “The male subject, a 67-year-old resident of Chief Lake, was not wearing a life jacket.

“A handful of firemen were able to break through the 1/2-inch thick ice to get a John boat out to his location, which was approximately 100 yards from shore. He was loaded onto a floating body board at 9:33 (a.m.) and removed from the water at 9:36 (a.m.). Time in the water was approximately 25 minutes.

The man was “conscious and alert,” the sheriff said, “however, extremely cold.”

He was transported by ambulance to Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital.

Deputies were assisted by Bear Lake, Dickson and Onekama Township fire departments and the Michigan State Police.

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