|Four Rescued From Icy Lake|
| (Courier Editor Bob Clock was aboard
the CGC Sundew covering reactivation of
the Lake Michigan lights when the cargo
| The Sundew stopped at Gary's Reef first
and then proceeded to White Shoal, about
35 miles northeast of Charlevoix.
|a 20-foot high ice reef.
Waves drove the bow of the boat up
onto the reef, but seconds later a huge
| boat accident happened. Here is his
account of the incident.)
| Because of the shallow waters, the White
Shoal light must be serviced by cargo boats
| boat was swamped, throwing Prevoznik,
Hansberger and Crockett into the water.
|***||from the supply ship, The lost cargo boat||***|
|Four young seamen aboard the Coast
Guard Cutter Sundew were thrown into
the icy waters of Lake Michigan March
18 when their 24-foot cargo boat was
swamped by waves and ice at the White
All were rescued, thanks to the quick-
thinking of their shipmates, but the cargo
was lost for two days, It was recovered
|was on its second trip to the light from the
Sundew when the wind began picking up.
The craft unloaded its cargo at the light
and was about to return when it was dis-
covered that a line had become tangled in
the screw. The boat was secured by bow
and stern lines to the lighthouse crib
and the crew was awaiting the arrival of
a second cargo boat for assistance.
|MINUTES before the accident, it was
apparent to officers aboard the Sundew
that the cargo boat was in trouble, and
a second craft, which was being readied
for a trip to the light, was hurriedly
put under way.
When Lt. Dave smith, acting Command-
ing officer, saw Watts leave the cargo
boat, he ordered all men to their rescue
|Sunday by diver Don Meggison.||***||stations and proceeded in a circle around|
The men are Timothy Watts,20,(SNANI)
of Evans City, Pa., Joseph Prevoznik,22,
(DC2) of North Copaly, Pa., Lysle Hans-
berger, 18, (SA) of Wayne,Mich.,and Wylie
Crockett, 20, (SA) of Geneva, Ohio.
THE ACCIDENT occurred about 2 p.m.
Friday while the Sundew was transporting
men and supplies to lighthouses in
northern Lake Michigan.
| SUDDENLY,a wave washed over the boat
and both bow and stern lines parted at al-
most the same time.
Watts grabbed a section of the stern
to the lighthouse and was helped aboard
by the keepers. The others in the half-sub-
merged vessel were set adrift in a 50-
foot passage between the lighthouse and
|stations and proceeded in a circle around
the ice reef to the west side of the light-
house. The second cargo boat meanwhile
was approaching the passage from the east.
Because of the high reef, no one aboard
the Sundew could see what was happen-
ing in the passage until the boat neared
the light. Three men were in the water and
the bow of the cargo boat was still on the ice.