GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) -- An overnight cellphone conversation with a 13-year-old girl led its crews to a grounded pontoon boat carrying 15 people, 13 of them deaf and four lacking medicine for medical conditions, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
A commercial salvage boat sought Coast Guard help about 1:15 a.m. Saturday in finding a boat that reported trouble in western Michigan's Grand River near Grand Haven, according to the Coast Guard.
A Coast Guard operator in Milwaukee reached the girl aboard the 16-foot pontoon boat.
The Coast Guard says it directed the commercial tow boat to the location, but the water was too shallow for a rescue. So, the Coast Guard crew launched an inflatable ice rescue skiff from shore and shuttled passengers three at a time to the tow boat.