BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Authorities in southeastern Michigan have released the name of a 36-year-old man who died after jumping into the water to save an 8-year-old boy.
The Monroe County sheriff’s department said Monday that an autopsy confirms he was James P. VanDosen of Oakland County’s Waterford Township. Searchers found his body Saturday in Lake Erie off Estral Beach.
Sheriff Dale Malone says a woman called 911 Wednesday, saying her boyfriend and son were in the water off the beach in Berlin Township, about 30 miles northeast of Toledo, Ohio.
Malone says the couple and boys ages 3 and 8 were on an unanchored boat.
He says the 8-year-old wore a life jacket and jumped into the water but couldn’t return to the boat.
Malone says the man wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
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