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Three rescued after boat capsizes

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - The coast guard saved three people Saturday night after their boat capsized near Saugatuck.

The boat turned over about three miles northwest of the Saugatuck Pierhead. The US Coast Guard says all three had mild cases of hypothermia but no additonal injuries.

This is just one of the boat rescues made so far this season.
The US Coast Guard says flooding and debris in the water is making boating potentially dangerous.

Andrew Zylinski with the U.S. Coast Guard took the mayday call for the sinking boat in Saugatuck. 

"It's always intense when you're up there keeping communication with someone under that much peril." 

Zylinski says the coast guard couldn't see the boaters only a flare. All boats are required to have three flares. 

"He only had one flare, so definitely be in compliance with what you're supposed to have, if we don't see first one chances are might see second or third."

The stranded boaters were eventually found-- but Zylinski says the mistake could have been deadly.

He's urging people to have key items on board a throwable flotation device. 

Always have a life vest for everyone on board-- and three flares.

"Also have a whistle audible up to half of mile, and a signal mirror."

A personal locator beacon-- which costs 300 to 400 dollars is optional-- but encouraged.

"It tells them specifically what boat is in distress, gives positions accurate up to 3 miles which narrows down our search area."

That means less time in the water-- and a greater chance of survival.