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Teen rescued after car goes into Lake St. Clair

The Detroit News

A teenage driver was rescued from Lake St. Clair on Saturday after his car blew a tire and went off the road in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Chief John Shulte, of Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Department, said the 16-year-old boy from Harrison Township was driving northbound on Lake Shore Road at 1:15 p.m. when the tire blew and he loss control and drove about 40 feet into the lake.

Shulte said the teen managed to get out of the car and onto its roof.

“He was surprised by it. We assured him and told him help was on the way,” said Shulte. The chief said the rescue effort included assistance his department’s police and fire and the U.S. Coast Guard, who conducted the actual rescue. A private boat on the lake also assisted, Shulte said.

The chief said witnesses said the teen was driving with the flow of traffic on Lake Shore where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour. Shulte said the teen was taken to a nearby hospital and there is no indication that alcohol or other substances were involved.

“He was an inexperienced driver,” the chief said.