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Mich. trooper, good Samaritan rescue man swimming near overturned kayak

The man had been in 53-degree water for about an hour and was beginning to lose fine motor skills when he was rescued

Mardi Link
The Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A Michigan State Police trooper and a good Samaritan with a boat rescued a kayaker from Long Lake, officials said.

The unnamed kayaker, a 37-year-old West Olive man, was shivering and had begun to lose his fine motor skills after being in 53-degree water for about an hour on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Trooper Alan Park was wearing a body camera and footage posted on social media (and set to music) shows the trooper and the boater climbing into the boat, motoring toward an overturned kayak and pulling the man into the boat.

Fishing accessories — a net, a cooler — floated in the water nearby and the kayaker was wearing outdoor gear.

Officials did not name the kayaker or the good Samaritan, but did say a member of the Long Lake Fire Department also arrived on scene and, with help from other personnel, were able to recover the kayak and the man’s belongings.

The kayaker was transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment of hypothermia, officials said.


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