LAKE ST CLAIR (WWJ) – Crews have located the body of a 47-year-old Harrison Township man who went missing while boating on Lake St. Clair.
The man’s body was located by the Macomb County Sheriff’s dive team around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday near Belvidere Bay, although it has not yet been recovered from the lake.READ MORE: ACLU Sues Michigan State Police, Claims Racial Profiling, Black Drivers Pulled Over More
Crews launched a search after being notified around 4:20 p.m. Monday about an overturned boat near the Clinton River and spoke to witnesses who claimed they heard a man screaming in the water.
Coast Guard officers responded to the scene and located the 12-foot aluminum rowboat along with some fishing gear, but found no sign of the boater. The dive team also recovered the man’s dog, a Boston Terrier, which was dead when pulled from the water.
“They discovered a debris field, including an overturned 12 foot rowboat, an array of items that came as a cooler, gas tank, some of what we refer to as PFD but they’re flotation devices or life jackets, and fishing equipment,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Galen Witham.
Investigators talked to the man’s girlfriend, who said he had taken his dog and gone fishing earlier Monday.READ MORE: Woman Finds 95-Year-Old Message In A Bottle In Michigan
At the time he went missing, there were no waves, winds were calm and the water temperature was 44 degrees. Other circumstances surrounding the man’s disappearance weren’t immediately clear.
Authorities searched for the man throughout the night but called off efforts around 1 a.m. Tuesday. The search resumed around 8 a.m.
The man’s name has not yet been released.
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