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Crew found after being adrift for three days

The 25-foot powerboat Buzzard Bait II from Michigan City, Ind., was found Aug. 2 by an HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air facility Muskegon, Mich., after reportedly being adrift for three days.

The crew was found anchored nine miles off St Joseph, Mich., after the helicopter flew over at 9:39 p.m. and the boat crew launched a flare, according to the Coast Guard.

The owner and two other people reportedly left on the motor vessel Buzzard Bait II from Michigan City, Ind., July 30 for a trip through the Chicago River, planning to eventually end up in Florida. At 2:03 p.m. Aug. 2, Coast Guard Group Grand Haven received a weak transmission from the crew of the vessel, reporting that they had been adrift for three days somewhere between Michigan City and the Chicago River.

The Coast Guard responded by launching two HH-65 Dolphin helicopters. The Coast Guard also launched a 41-foot small boat from Station Calumet Harbor Ill and a 47-foot small boat from Station Michigan City.

Part of the communication from the crew of the Buzzard Bait II included their state registration number. This enabled the Coast Guard, with the help of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, to contact the owner’s wife. She relayed the crew’s plans and how many people were on board.