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Dennis Hale, at 75; lone survivor of Lake Huron shipwreck

Mr. Hale looked out at Lake Huron from Port Hope in 2014.
Mr. Hale looked out at Lake Huron from Port Hope in 2014.Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Dennis Hale, the lone survivor of a 1966 Great Lakes shipwreck, has died of cancer. He was 75.

Barb Hale told the Detroit Free Press that her husband died Wednesday in Ashtabula, Ohio. She said he was an “inspiration to many.”

In November 1966, Mr. Hale was among 29 crew members on the Daniel J. Morrell, a freighter that broke in two during severe weather on Lake Huron, off Port Hope, Mich.

Mr. Hale and three other men climbed into a raft. He was rescued after 38 hours but the others froze to death.

Mr. Hale was in Detroit in March at a film festival. He was featured in a documentary about shipwrecks. Mr. Hale often said that his survival gives “people a little hope in life.”

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