Men saved after boat sinks in Lake Michigamme

Jul 16, 2014

MICHIGAMME, MI--   Four people are lucky they didn’t drown, after their boat fell apart on Lake Michigamme this past Sunday.  

Around 3 p.m. the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a boating incident near Brown’s Bay.  Three downstate men and one Michigamme man were going fishing when they heard a crack at the end of the 16-foot boat.  The transom and motor broke away from the boat, causing it to take on water and sink quickly. 

Three of the men were able to properly put on their personal flotation jackets, but one could only get it around his neck.  By the time deputies arrived the men had been rescued by a resident.  One was taken to Bell Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office is reminding boaters to inspect their vessels for sea-worthiness before they take them on the water, and to always have life jackets on board.