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Old 08-22-2005, 07:26 AM
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18 miles would be a heck of a long swim


Lake Michigan Ferry Spots Man Clinging To Seat Cushion

POSTED: 6:48 am EDT August 22, 2005

MILWAUKEE -- A man whose powerboat was capsized by a wave early Sunday in Lake Michigan happened to be spotted by a ferry crew almost two hours later.

The Coast Guard said Thomas Drewek was clinging to a seat cushion almost 18 miles from shore. He was not wearing a life jacket and had not had a chance to use his radio.

A Coast Guard spokesman said the ferry -- which runs between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Mich. -- happened to spot Drewek "just by chance."

Drewek is apparently in good shape. He wanted to walk off the ferry by himself, but paramedics wouldn't let him. The Coast Guard said he could have survived for about 36 hours in the 65- to 70-degree water.
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Old 08-22-2005, 07:36 AM
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Yep, heard it on the news this morning. Lake Michigan is nothing to mess around with. Very lucky man!
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Old 08-22-2005, 07:45 AM
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He is lucky. There was a family last weekend that jumped into the water to help their kids back to the boat. The boat drifted off, one survived 12 hours in the waterand another mangaed to swim to shore.
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Old 08-22-2005, 08:24 AM
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And a couple of weeks before that a kid went in when he didn't allow for a headwind. Been a bad year on the lake.
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We were out on the lake this weekend, alot of wind. I thought it was strange to be 18 miles out alone with the wind we had....
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He is lucky. There was a family last weekend that jumped into the water to help their kids back to the boat. The boat drifted off, one survived 12 hours in the waterand another mangaed to swim to shore.
always have to keep one person in the boat, even if your have to tow a person to shore because you can't get em in the boat.
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18 miles offshore, alone, and no jacket on?!?!? I fully expect to hear about this guy as a future Darwin award winner...
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Old 08-22-2005, 09:40 PM
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18 miles offshore, alone, and no jacket on?!?!? I fully expect to hear about this guy as a future Darwin award winner...
Thinning the herd...
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Thinning the herd...
Guy was probably Canadian...
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Lucky to be saved...
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