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A few years ago we were participating in a historical reenactment of the fur trade period in a park located on the shore of Lake Michigan. One evening the lake was very calm, so several of us decided to take our boats out on the lake for a cruise. The flotilla consisted of two real birch bark canoes and my pirogue.

About a quarter mile off shore, one crew managed to roll their canoe. They were having a hard time re-entering and were concerned about damaging the canoe. The water was warm and they weren't in any distress, so we decided to tow the canoe and crew back to shore with my pirogue, while the third canoe followed behind to make sure the crew was all right.

As we got near shore, we started hearing sirens, then saw lots of flashing lights. We found out later that someone had reported a "major boating accident". I think they had almost the entire city fire department there - ladder trucks and everything.

The one thing they didn't bring to the reported marine accident? A boat.


Submitted by: George Schubert - Wind Lake, WI

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