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SAGINAW BAY BOAT TRAGEDY IS DESCRIBED (Continued from Page One) Dumb, bnt T Just kept on coin* __ J don't know why or how. Finally, my feet touched bottom. 1 walked * lonff wav and into marshy grass. “I stood there for a long time, not knowing what to do. I didn’t know whether 1 was on a reef nr near ahore. It was pitch dark and I couldn’t see a thinr ” Sleeps V ruler Tr**e Mrs. Repkle said that after *he reached the beach she fell ex- I hausted into a clump of trass near p tree and dropped asleep only to be awakened “because I was so fold.” Nearby. *he *aw a duck hunter's cabin which she forcibly entered to get some sleep and some clothes, most of her own havinc been shed in the water. When «he awakened the *un was shining — '‘I didn't know what time it was.’* Several times boat« parsed within sight of the shack but her efforts to attract attention, first with a shirt attached to a stick **r*d later with mirrors, were un- snccessf ul . Mrs. Repk’e Snid she followed tire marks in the grass to a fur ranch neaj Gre^nwond, three miles from the cahin. nhere William Woldrins, a cuard at the Michiean Stat*» reformatory at Ionia, and his wife wprp vacation- trc. The Woldrincs gave her food, -he said, and then took her to the »heriff’s office at Ptandish. Boat Strike* Rork» The fishinc psrtv had left Whyte « beach rear T"*in< onnlnc early Sunday. On the wav to the '■'harity islatids. the destination, khe boat struck some rocks. On the return trip, th* cruiser struck some more rocks, but at first nothinc appeared to be wrong. Then the vessel bej:an to list. Mrs. Repkie said, and the party donned life belts. Shortly afterwards the boat capsized. Mrs. Repkie said that a cruiser passed within 50^ feet of the boat shortly after it capsized, but the fishing' party’s shouts for help went unheeded. She said she, her husband and Mrs. Badour “stayed around the boat for about an hour” before setting out for shore. When they left, she paid, “everyone was accounted for.” ; * ! i Wayne Ship Falls

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  1. The Escanaba Daily Press,
  2. 05 Aug 1942, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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