Man rescued by ferry gets married on vessel a year later

Published: September 5, 2006 | 4700th good news item since 2003

A man who was plucked from the waters of Lake Michigan onto the Lake Express ferry got married over the weekend on the same vessel.

Tom Drewek was clinging to a seat cushion in the lake for 24 hours after his boat capsized in August 2005. Someone on the Lake Express ferry spotted him on its way from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Mich. and rescued him.

“If it weren’t for the Lake Express, I wouldn’t be here. Cut and dry. Just plain and simple,” Tom Drewek said.

He and Sherry Thurston exchanged vows Saturday morning in Milwaukee. They then took the ferry to Muskegon for a reception.

It was Drewek’s first trip on the ferry since his rescue.

Thurston and Drewek met online.

“I don’t even live in the state of Wisconsin, and for us to get together we kind of think of this as our second miracle,” Thurston said. “Our first being his life saved.”

Drewek said he still loves the water, even after last year’s ordeal.

The Lake Express ferry makes three round trips between the two port cities daily during the summer.

Published in Life, Love
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