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UPDATE: Race officials: 2 boaters pulled from lake died

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DETROIT (AP) -- Officials with the annual Chicago-to-Mackinac sailing race say two crew members of a boat that capsized in Lake Michigan are dead.

A Charlevoix County dive team recovered the two boaters on Monday several about eight hours after their boat, WingNuts, was reported to have capsized. Six other crew members were rescued.

The Coast Guard initially said the two who died were "unresponsive" when found.

Race to Mackinac officials said in a statement that the two crew members were 51-year-old skipper Mark Morley and 41-year-old Suzanne Bickel, both of Saginaw. The statement says both were race veterans.

Officials say a severe thunderstorm with strong wind gusts was moving through the area when the boat capsized early Monday near the Fox Islands, west of Charlevoix during the Chicago Yacht Club race.

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DETROIT (AP) -- The Coast Guard says divers have found two people missing since their boat capsized in Lake Michigan the annual Chicago-to-Mackinac Island race and that the two are "unresponsive."

The Coast Guard did not indicate in its news release whether the two boaters were alive or dead.

Authorities say a Charlevoix County dive team recovered the two boaters about eight hours after the reports the boat had flipped. The boaters' names have not been released.

The other six people aboard the sailboat WingNuts were rescued.

The boat capsized early Monday near the Fox Islands, west of Charlevoix during the Chicago Yacht Club race.

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CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says two people are missing in northern Lake Michigan after a sailboat capsized the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island sailboat race.

The Coast Guard says it was notified early Monday that the sailboat Wing Nuts had capsized near the Fox islands, west of Charlevoix, during the Chicago Yacht Club's annual Race to Mackinac.

Crewmembers from the Sociable told the Coast Guard eight people from Wing Nuts went into the water, and they recovered six.

Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

A 41-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, a helicopter from Air Station Traverse City and the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw were involved in the search. The Coast Guard says 4- to 6-foot waves were reported, and air and water temperatures were in the low 70s.

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