LEXINGTON, MI – On Sunday, April 16th, 2017, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Sanilac Central Dispatch received a call from a Lexington woman who said that she was on her paddle boat off of Lexington Harbor and could not get back to shore due to the west winds blowing her east.
It was learned during the call that the subject had recently moved to Michigan from Nevada and was not familiar with Lake Huron and its weather conditions. The subject did not have a life jacket on.
According to Sgt. Matt Armstrong, Sanilac County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched and responded to the scene in their patrol boat. A Lexington Police Officer responded to the area by land and located the female in the water using binoculars.
While enroute Deputies were advised by Dispatch that they had lost contact with the woman by phone. Just prior to Deputies arrival, the woman had called Dispatch again and stated that the paddle boat had begun taking on water. Deputies arrived on scene several minutes later and rescued the her and her small dog from the paddle boat, approximately 1.5 miles east of the Lexington Harbor.
It was learned that 54-year-old woman from Lexington had been in the water since approximately 3:30 p.m. She stated that for the past two hours she had been trying to get back to shore but was unsuccessful and she finally made the 9-1-1 call.
Without Deputies and First Responders quick response and the subject not having a life jacket with her, this could of had a tragic outcome.
Deputies were assisted on scene by Lexington Police, Lexington Fire and the subject was treated by Croswell EMS.