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June 23, 2014

Coast Guard rescues teens on Betsie Lake

TRAVERSE CITY -- Members of the U.S. Coast Guard in Frankfort rescued two teenage swimmers as they attempted to cross Betsie Lake.

The pair, both 16, decided to swim across Betsie Lake on Saturday night. One of them made it across, but the other didn’t make it to shore.

Coast Guard members pulled the teenager from the lake onto a rescue boat about 100 yards from the Frankfort public boat ramp, Petty Officer Alexander Caldwell said.

“We took them to shore and talked to them,” Caldwell said. “While we were standing there, one of the 16-year-olds, the one who made it across, showed signs of hypothermia.”

Caldwell estimated the boys had been in the water for about 15 minutes, but the water was so cold it was unsafe.

“The water temperature was probably in the 60s, which is still very dangerous,” Caldwell said. “We understand the air temperature is rising up, but the Great Lakes water temperatures are still cold and will be cold for another month."

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