Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy saves kayaker

Deputies originally called out for peace complaint

Author: Corey McIsaac, Assignment Editor, WDIV
Published On: Jul 13 2013 09:28:32 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 14 2013 03:57:14 AM EDT
MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

A sheriff's deputy rescued a 25-year-old man after his kayak capsized in a Monroe County rock quarry.

The Monroe County sheriff's office says Saturday that deputy Michael McClain was on an unrelated call about 8 p.m. Friday when he saw the kayak tip over in Dunbar Quarry in Monroe Township, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit. A short time later, the kayak started to sink and the kayaker began screaming for help, and McClain responded immediately.

He commandeered another kayak and paddled approximately 300 yards off shore to reach the victim.

McClain was able to reach the man in time and is credited with saving his life. A second watercraft arrived and took the victim safely to shore.

The kayaker, a 25-year-old man from Monroe, was checked by medical personnel at the scene and released with no injuries.

Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department, along with Monroe County Ambulance Service and local citizens assisted Monroe County Deputies in the rescue.