Deputy, citizen rescue two men in boating accident


UPDATE (12:12 p.m.): The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says the two men were in good condition at the hospital on Wednesday night. They don’t know if the pair have been released.

ORIGINAL STORY (11:24 a.m.): Two Jackson County men ended up in a hospital after spending more than half an hour in the freezing water on Wednesday.

The Jackson County sheriff says a boat at the Vineyard Lake County Park flipped over around 4 p.m. The boat was about 200 yards from shore at the time.

The sheriff says Deputy Jay Truchan got to the scene and worked with another person there – using that person’s boat to rescue the men.

The two men, ages 84 and 54, had been in the water for almost half an hour.

Paramedics took the men, who are both from Norvell Township, to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital to get checked out for possible hypothermia.

“I express my deepest thanks to the citizens who sprung into action to assist Deputy Truchan along with those who helped secure the men’s boat and vehicle and return it to their residence,” said Sheriff Steve Rand in a press release. “This is great example of the community getting involved and making a difference.”

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