Monday, September 21, 2009

Canoeing Wife Aids Husband's Capsized Sailboat

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based on a news article in the Muskegon Chronicle

Amy Schrotenboer, pregnant and guiding a leaky canoe, paddled to her husband's aid when his sailboat capsized on the evening of September 3. It had been a quiet sunset sail for Josiah Schrotenboer until a gust of wind and a freak wave tipped his catamaran into Lake Michigan near Muskegon's Pioneer Park.

Josiah was waiting calmly with his boat, despite the 46-degree temperature of the water. He was wearing a life vest and short wet suit. Although he felt that he could swim the half mile to shore, Schrotenboer did not wish to abandon his sailboat.

At about 9:30 p.m. a Coast Guard helicopter and Muskegon County Sheriff's Marine Unit rescue boat arrived. The boat and owner were towed safely to shore, and the Coast Guard took advantage of the opportunity to do a short training exercise.

"There hasn't been this much excitement along here for years," commented Amy.

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