PORT SANILAC, MI – On Monday, June 6th, 2016 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Sanilac Central Dispatch received a call of 3 subjects in the water clinging to capsized kayaks south of the harbor wall in Port Sanilac east of the 300 block of Lake Street.
A storm with heavy rain and winds quickly came in and turned the kayaks over. Sanilac County Uniform Services as well as off duty members from the Marine Division were dispatched.
The investigation revealed that a 15-year-old male from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, his sister, a 13-year-old, also from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and their cousin, a 13-year-old female from Germantown, Tennessee were in the kayaks south of Port Sanilac when the storm struck and caused their kayaks to take on water and turn over.
Residents from the 300 block of Lake Street called 9-1-1 to report the incident. One of the females was able to make it back in her kayak and go to shore where all of the subjects were vacationing with family. At that time their uncle, a 65-year-old male from Port Sanilac took a kayak and went towards the other subjects who were still in the water. His kayak began to take on water and also over turned.
Deputies Adams, Deacons, Zeller, and Edington from Uniform Services boarded the patrol boat out of Port Sanilac and went and rescued the three subjects from the water and returned them to the boat launch in Port Sanilac where members of Port Sanilac Fire/Rescue and Sanilac EMS awaited their arrival. The 15-year-old and 13-year-old females from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma were taken to McKenzie Hospital where they were treated for initial onset of hypothermia.
Life jackets were worn by all parties and quick action by citizens and Deputies coupled with the use of life jackets likely saved their lives.