Inclement weather led to a busy weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard; 19 people were rescued from Lake St. Clair in Michigan while 14 others were escorted back to shore in four separate incidents.
Among those rescued over the weekend was Virdest Orlando Day. Day fell into the water Friday and was found by members of the Macomb County Dive Team mid-morning Saturday near Metro Beach in Harrison Township.
On Friday evening, the Coast Guard Detroit command center received a call stating that a 39-foot vessel with 15 people aboard was taking on water about four and a half miles offshore.
The owner of the boat admitted he may have struck an object earlier that day resulting in a minor hole allowing the vessel to take on water.
A response boat from the St. Clair Shores Coast Guard Station and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter responded to the call within 10 minutes and began pumping the vessel.
In a matter of 40 minutes, passengers were transported to the Coast Guard Station. All onboard were wearing life jackets and no injuries were reported.
That same night, when a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat was searching for a missing person, two people fell into the water when their boat capsized.
The two people were rescued without injuries. Saturday proved to be equally as busy when high waves resulted in one boat to take on water and another to capsize in Lake Erie.
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