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Rescued Kayakers Treated For "Mild Hypothermia" And Released


A 43-year-old woman and two nine-year-old boys were treated for what was described as mild hypothermia then released from a Marinette medical facility after their rescue following more than 15 hours in two kayaks on Green Bay.

Coast Guard Executive Petty Officer Stanley Rittner says a Canadian C130 plane spotted the three at shortly after 6:00 this morning.

The kayaks were rented at Peninsula State Park around 2:45 yesterday afternoon and the three had planned to be on the water until around 4:00. When they had not returned by 6:00 the rental company called authorities.

Several area fire departments, the Door County Sheriff’s Department, the DNR, the Coast Guard and a number of volunteers searched for the three into the night, with a number of searchers working overnight.

The search resumed on a full-scale basis this morning at 5:00. The three were located ten miles northeast of Chambers Island in Michigan waters. Rittner says they were more than twelve miles away from where they planned to end up.

The three have been identified as 43-year-old Allison Alter and her nine-year-old son Zach of Austin, TX, and a cousin, nine-year-old Thomas Alter of Highland Park, IL.



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