Six rescued from PM River. 

July 24, 2022

Six rescued from PM River. 

CUSTER TOWNSHIP — Six people were rescued by first responders from the Pere Marquette River Saturday, July 23, 2022, during a thunderstorm. 

Emergency personnel were dispatched to Indian Bridge at 9:47 p.m. for, what was initially reported as five people, in the river about 1.5 miles east of that location. Apparently the victims, who were in kayaks and a canoe, were stuck on a log jam in the river. 

According to a release from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, emergency personnel proceeded in boats up the river and then had to wade through waist deep water in order to reach the six victims. 

Assisting in the water were Mason County Sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Lamb, MCSO Marine Dep. Mark Willis, MCSO Marine Dep. Jake Lesinski, Michigan State Police Trooper Matt Demny, Riverton Fire Dept. Capt. Todd VanNortwick and “Good Samaritan” Jeff Englert. 

The victims were stuck in waste deep water and were reported to have been exhausted. One of the victims was starting to have medical issues. 

The victims were transported back to Indian Bridge by 2 a.m. Sunday, July 24. All the victims were treated and released on the scene. 

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