UPDATE: Boy Dies and Father Hospitalized After Canoe Capsizes in Lake Michigan

We now know the name of a little boy who died of hypothermia during a canoe trip in northern Michigan.

Leelanau county deputies say 8 year old Stephen Easter, from Ann Arbor, died around 1:00 Tuesday morning after a wave capsized his father's canoe near sleeping bear point.

The boy and William Osler were coming back from North Manitou Island.

The were about a mile off shore when they were hit by the wave and thrown into 55 degree water.

The coast guard rescued them about 5 hours later.

Both were wearing life vests.


The father and son capsized in their canoe near South Manitou Island.

The child was in critical condition, and later passed away at the hospital.

The pair were pulled from the cold water just off Sleeping Bear Point last night, in Leelanau County.

The 48 year-old dad made the distress call to 911.

The Glen Lake Fire Department rescue boat was on the scene within minutes, and with the help of the Coast Guard helicopter, found the pair floating with their canoe.

Both were pulled into the boat, and the boy was airlifted to Munson Medical Center where he died of hypothermia.

9&10 News' Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Martillo Palmer spoke to first responders on the rescue and have more details.


UPDATE: One person has died after a canoe capsized in Lake Michigan.

According to the Glen Lake Fire Department, a father and son were on the boat when it sank.

The son died at the hospital.


One person is in critical condition after a boat capsized in Lake Michigan.

Rescuers were called to the scene off of Sleeping Bear Point shortly after getting a call for help last night.

They were able to airlift one person from the boat and pull others from the water.

Winds and waves made it difficult to find the victims.

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