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Boy, 8, dies after canoe tips in Lake Michigan

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GLEN ARBOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of an 8-year-old Ann Arbor boy who died of hypothermia after a wave capsized his father's canoe during a crossing from North Manitou Island in Lake Michigan.

The Leelanau County sheriff's department says Stephen Easter died about 1 a.m. Tuesday at Traverse City's Munson Medical Center.

The department says he and 48-year-old William Osler left D.H. Day Campground in Glen Arbor Township about 8 a.m. Monday for the 10-mile crossing. The sites are in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

It says they spent 1½-2 hours on the island and were a mile from shore on the return when a "rogue wave" knocked them into the 55-degree water about 8:15 p.m. The Coast Guard rescued them about 10:30 p.m.

Both wore life vests.

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