Lives Saved From Pere Marquette River During Major Thunderstorm
I can't even imagine being stuck somewhere along a river during a scary massive thunderstorm.
But that's exactly what happened to six people over the weekend in Mason County. It all took place in the Marquette River which is located in Ludington.
I'm writing this article because my wife and I were recently in Ludington two weeks ago enjoying our summer vacation.
We actually drove past the Pere Marquette River several times during our week long getaway. And from a distance we could see people kayaking, canoeing, and even boating in the big river.
Anyway, this past Saturday night, six people were actually rescued from that same river during a major thunderstorm. How scary is that?
According to mlive.com:
An initial report came in around 9:47 p.m. that indicated five victims were stuck on the river just as a thunderstorm was about to hit, according to a Facebook post from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Several fire and police departments were called to the area of Indian Bridge over the river in Custer Township for the incident.
My question is: what were these six people doing in the Pere Marquette River in the first pface? Had they checked the weather channel prior, perhaps none of this would have happened.
Here's the crazy part, all six of these people were in canoes and kayaks and just couldn't make it to a safe place. All six of these people were stuck in deep mud and were completely exhausted. Who wouldn't be?
Needless to say, all six of these people were rescued and treated at the scene by proper authorities, then released.
I remember a time when I was taking a boat tour of Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior, when all of a sudden, a major storm broke loose.
It was one of the scariest moments I can remember. The boat was about an hour away from shore and we had a long haul to get back to land. The boat was rocking back and forth so hard that we thought it was going to capsize.
The waves from Lake Superior were at least five to six feet high and it was a battle to get back to shore. We did finally make it back and I haven't taken any boat tours ever since.