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9-year-old kayaker meets Coast Guard rescue crew

WHEELING, IL (WTAQ) - A nine-year-old suburban Chicago boy was reunited Tuesday with a Coast Guard crew that helped rescue him from Lake Michigan at Door County.

Tommy Alter and other relatives met the chopper crew at the Chicago Executive Airport. Tommy thanked the rescuers who saved him, his 9-year-old cousin Zach Suri, and his aunt Allison Alter.

They rented kayaks on July 10th and were only planning to be gone for just over an hour from the small bay in western Door County where they took off. Instead, they got caught in waves of up to two feet -- and they were found about 14 miles away in the Bay of Green Bay.

A search plane from the Royal Canadian Air Force located Tommy Alter and his relatives about 15 hours after they initially got on the water. They were checked out at a hospital and released the same day.

Young Zach and his mother Allison Alter used to live in Madison, where she and her husband worked at the UW.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)