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Rough waters on Lake Michigan caused a fishing boat to capsize and threw three men into the 45 degree water. A five foot wave was the cause of the maritime accident. Another boat with two men who had been fishing saw that something did not look right and went over to investigate. They found that the boat had capsized and there were three men in the water.

The two rescuers were battling 25 mile-per-hour winds and 5-foot-high waves. They knew they had to act quickly.

Rendell said they already had one man out of the water, and were helping a second when they found out there was a third victim in the lake.

“We got him and couldn’t get him in the boat,” said Rendell. “After that cold of water, I’d lost feeling in my hands.”

The third man died. There were enough life jackets on the capsized boat for the three men, but no one was wearing one. The Coast Guard stresses the importance of always wearing one while on the water.

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