Jason and I launched from Kirk Rd and headed towards the spark plug in my airboat. I helped Jason get set up to fish at the location we had caught walleyes 3 day's previous. Jason had the awful task of catching fish while I searched for better and more productive locations. I moved Jason until we were centered on the mother load. This was a practice that me and Jason repeated most the month of February without another fisherman in sight. It was the most fish we have caught in the 15 yrs of ice fishing the bay. It was now getting dark and we packed up to leave. To find the fish we had moved west from our track so we had set a new course to Kirk rd. We came to patch of water and looked for a way around it. I cross water often but when the temp is in the teens all the metal on the boat makes ice, adds weight and makes it heavy to load on the truck. It was U shaped piece of water. We had to go back to far to get around. There was only a short distance and decided to cross. We entered the water and it was business as usual. We had a slight cross wind so I added power and rudder to correct. I could see the edge better without the light. As we got closer I tapped Jason to turn on the light to see what the edge looked like. the instant the light came on I saw water almost level with the top of the boat I immediately added full power in an attempt to plane the boat. The boat dove under like submarine. Jason yelled "swim for the edge" We both swam for the edge. Jason was doing the back stroke and making much progress. I was making vary little. I saw a bucket and grabbed it I lifted it and trapped air in it. Tried to swim, still little to no progress. Not going to get to edge of ice. I looked for options. I see the boat upside down 10' away. Use all strength. Finally touch boat. The plastic on the bottom of the boat is held with a big C clamp. I was able to get my knee on the C clamp and work my way on the boat. It now enters my mind that nobody knows what has happened. I pray to god for help. I have a phone. Its a piece of junk that belongs to the company I work for. I need to get the phone out of my pocket. Can not feel anything from wrist down. Feel phone by pressing phone against my chest. unzip pocket by watching fingers hold zipper. Got phone. It works. Try to dial 911. Have to watch fingers closely. Several failed attempts. Get dispatch and yell; Saginaw Bay, in the water,7mi out Thomas rd! Loose service. Make 2 attempt and dispatch repeats but I loose service did not confirm. Jason yell's; Did you get someone? I yell: yes! My next move is the right one. I call my parents and rip their guts out. There is nobody in this world that cares for you more than your parents. they are going to get **** done. Jason yell's; Did you get a helicopter? I yell; yes! My parents connected the coast Guard with my nephew Greg. Greg fishes the same place. And was able to give GPS cords and get them moving in the right direction. My phone rings and its dispatch. I don't know who's dispatch. First came the Bay City police chopper to locate us they missed us 3 times. We were a needle in haystack. The communication between dispatch and myself is how the chopper located us. The police chopper gave cords to the coast guard. The rest of the story you can read and see just Google TV5 Saginaw bay rescue. I no longer heard Jason after the police helicopter left.................The Saginaw Bay is nothing more than a wild creature trying to kill you and eat you. Wild creatures can be subdued with proper weapons; Life jacket w/ red&white reflective strips wear it when traveling on Quad, snowmobile, boat, air boat. Cell phone in plastic bag. Put reflective tape on every thing that is going to float when you hit the water. Thank you for your prayers. And God Bless Everyone. Gary. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!