State trooper borrows boat, rescues Houghton Lake man

Evan James Carter
The Detroit News

Lake City — A 71-year-old Houghton Lake man was pulled from the water by a Michigan State Police trooper on Thursday, authorities said.

State trooper Kevin Flick reached the man in the middle of Lake Missaukee in Lake City by commandeering a boat from a mother and her son, who were preparing to winterize the craft, state police said.

Missaukee County Central Dispatch put out an emergency request for help at about 1:05 p.m. Thursday after the man's 70-year-old wife said her husband had fallen overboard from their fishing boat and was unable to get back in, according to state police.

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Flick grabbed the boat from Sandra and Ted Steinacker, and the three rode out to the middle of the lake.

Flick and the Steinackers pulled the 71-year-old into the boat. The man had been in the water about 20 minutes, state police said.

The wife  also was transferred to the rescue boat from their fishing boat, according to state police. The fishing boat was  towed behind them.

The 71-year-old man was treated on shore by Lake City EMS and reportedly was in good condition, state police said.

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