The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men from Lake Michigan after their sinking boat on Tuesday afternoon. Petty Officer Cale Zanahlik said the Mayday call came shortly after 2:30 in the afternoon, from 12-miles northeast of Two Rivers. The two Michigan men on board indicated their 46 foot long craft was taking on water and the engine room was completely flooded. “By the time we actually got on scene, the whole boat was listing over more than fifty degrees,” said Zanahlik. “All the compartments were flooded, and the two gentlemen were standing on the side of the boat hanging onto the rail.”
Both men were wearing life jackets and did not require medical attention. Waves at the time of the call were estimated at between two and three feet. Zenahlik said the men, described as in their 50s or 60s, had a handheld GPS unit and marine radio aboard the vessel, which they were in the process of transferring from Michigan to a new owner in Wisconsin. The Coast Guard said bilge pumps on the boat failed, causing it to take on water.
Damon Ryan WOMT