PORT WASHINGTON - Two adults had to be rescued after their air mattress drifted out onto Lake Michigan further than expected.
The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls around 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7 reporting children in distress, according to a news release on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. It further states witnesses reported they were several hundred yards off shore in Lake Michigan off Port Washington’s South Beach.
The Sheriff's Office responded with its rescue boat along with the Port Washington Fire Department's fire boat, dive rescue, Port Washington police, and paramedics.
Once on scene, the responders found two adults floating on an air mattress which had drifted due to the wind.
“No children were even in the water associated with this incident,” the release said. “Reporting witnesses were looking at this from a significant distance and the area was checked by responding agencies."
Neither had a life jacket or any other U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation devices, according to the release. The two adults were assisted to the Port Washington Marina with no injuries reported.
The release states wind and wave conditions can change on the lake with little or no warning throughout the day and into evening hours.
“Above all, an air mattress is never an appropriate choice for use on Lake Michigan as a recreational craft,” the release concludes.