Coast Guard rescues Michigan high school students from Detroit River
GROSSE ILE, Mich. -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three high school students after their boat was swamped by the wake of passing boats in the Detroit River Saturday morning.
The Gross Ile High School students were members of the crew team. Their coach was in a nearby jon boat.
Coast Guard Station Bell Isle's 25-foot response boat was on patrol for a regatta race nearby and responded to the alert made by local fisherman.
Coast Guard officials say the incident took place around 9 a.m.
The crew arrived on scene and rescued two males and one female, who had just gotten into the jon boat and was exhibiting hypothermic symptoms. The other members of the crew team had already gotten into the jon boat.
After making it to shore the Coast Guard contacted the local EMS and EMS transported the students to a local hospital to be treated and evaluated for hypothermia.
"In this case we were lucky we were already on scene and were able to get to them quickly because local fishermen alerted us," said Petty Officer Jake Mills who was the coxswain aboard the Coast Guard small boat and a boatswain's mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle. "Even though it's sunny out, it's still very cold water. Always be prepared when you go out on the water. You never know what could happen."