Two rescued from lake in Van Buren County

Van Buren County Sheriff\'s Office

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. -- The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office reports on Saturday, July 6, around 6 p.m., the Van Buren County Marine Patrol Rescue responded to two people ejected from their pontoon on Lake Michigan.

The report states deputies were stationed in Lake Michigan just south of the pier heads when they witnessed a pontoon rental boat with over 10 people on it approaching the pier.

As the pontoon was heading in, authorities say it hit a three-foot wave and submerged the front end of the boat.

At this time, deputies say two people were instantly ejected from the pontoon and it nearly capsized spinning toward the people in the water. 

Deputies were stationed within 50 yards of the incident and immediately assisted the overboard passengers, who weren't wearing life jackets. 

Deputies then pulled the two on board and verified that everyone on the boat was accounted for. 

The report also states they were able to secure all the property and bench seats that broke free from the pontoon in the water.  

The deputies then assisted the pontoon back to the rental dock. 

Officers with the South Haven Police Department assisted in giving the driver of the boat a voluntary preliminary breath test which came back negative for alcohol.  

No injuries were reported.

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