GROSSE ILE, Mich. (AP) — Police said Monday that they had searched for a priest and another man who were presumed dead after a boat capsized in the Detroit River.
The incident occurred Sunday near Grosse Ile. Many people were aboard the boat.
It’s “very unusual” for a 39-foot boat to capsize, Grosse Ile police Lt. Kenneth Pelland said.
“It made a quick turn,” he said. “It may have hit a wake, causing it to capsize. One witness has informed us that the boat may have rolled at least once and caused all of the passengers to be ejected.”
The missing were identified as the Rev. Stephen Rooney and Robert Chiles.
Rooney, 66, a native of Ireland, was pastor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton, his latest assignment during more than 30 years as a priest.
“It’s horrible for the family. Horrible for the community,” Pelland said.