Woman falls overboard, swims to shore

Lake Erie water rescue. / FIle Photo

A Temperance woman has a close call on Lake Erie when she falls overboard. It happened around 9:00 p.m. Sunday evening near the mouth of the River Raisin in Monroe County, Mich.

Richard Nearhood reported that his wife, Amy, had fallen from the boat while on their way from Monroe to the Ottawa River Yacht Club.

An immediate multi-agency search and rescue was initiated to try and find the missing woman. Two helicopters and numerous boats were launched to search the water as well as shoreline.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., an employee at the DTE Energy Coal Plant saw Mrs. Nearhood walking near a coal pile. David Hetzel, found that she was suffering from hypothermia and was in need of assistance. Mr. Hetzel started first aid treatment and contacted the Monroe County Sheriffs office.

Mrs. Nearhood told deputies that she was riding in the boat with a group of people when she was bumped and knocked overboard. She also stated that she is an avid boater and swimmer which allowed her to swim to shore.

Mrs. Nearhood was suffering from advance stages of hypothermia and was transported to the hospital.

Sheriff Deputies are still investigating the incident.