Police say two women taking a leaky row boat to Turnip Rock in Lake Huron nearly didn’t make it back alive Monday evening.
The Huron County Sheriff’s Office and Port Austin Fire Department rescued the 35-year-old woman and her 64-year-old mother from a rowboat taking on water offshore from Port Austin around 7:45 p.m. Police believe the boat sank in Lake Huron after the rescue.
Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said the women left Port Austin around noon in the 10-foot boat with the misunderstanding that they would arrive at Turnip Rock in about 45 minutes. However, he said the trip there took several hours.
They started back toward Port Austin against a stiff southerly wind, causing both to get exhausted. The 64-year-old also became incapacitated because she didn’t get her medication, Hanson said.