HARRISON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Dive Team recovered the body of a man who disappeared during a midnight swim with friends in Lake St. Clair early Friday morning.
Craig Michael Moir, of Winona, Minnesota, was with four other people on a 32-foot Sea Ray cabin-cruiser shortly after 12 a.m. Friday when some of the group decided to jump in the water near Metro Beach and Moir went missing, according to Coast Guard Lt. Ben Chamberlin.READ MORE: Michigan Public Service Commission Says The State Won't Be Affected By Gas Shortage
Dive crews searched the area throughout the day before the body was found just after 9 p.m. about a mile southeast of the mouth of the Clinton River.
“The person in question, he’s a 30-year-old male, he was one of four people who jumped in the water and he did not resurface,” Chamberlin said live on WWJ Newsradio 950. “The three did resurface — and there was still one person on the boat as well, so that’s how we got the report.”READ MORE: Five Michigan Students Named 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars
Authorities say there was some confusion about exactly where the group jumped in, but that’s not uncommon — especially when alcohol might be involved.
“Based on our initial report, yes, alcohol was involved,” Chamberlin said earlier in the day. “The person who is missing right now, he had a couple of drinks before going in the water.”
The sheriff’s department says it told the occupants of the boat to stay where they were while officers responded to the scene, but the boat operator instead headed to Miller Marina in St. Clair Shores.MORE NEWS: Beaumont & Other Metro Detroit Clinics Begin Pfizer Vaccinations For Ages 12 & Up
Sheriff’s deputies intercepted the boat at the St. Clair Shores marina, where the owner, a 32-year-old St. Clair Shores man, was arrested at the scene for operating while under the influence. He is currently being held in the Macomb County Jail.