1 dead, 2 hospitalized after boating incident on river

MANISTEE COUNTY — One man died and two remain hospitalized, after falling off a boat in the Big Manistee River on Thursday.

Deputies with the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 9:06 a.m. with reports of a possible drowning on the Big Manistee River, about 1 mile up the river from the Highbridge Boat Launch in Norman Township.

A 65 year old man from Waterford, 61 year old man from Wabash, Ind., and a 53 year old man from Hilliard, Ohio, were traveling on the river, when their boat struck a submerged tree, ejecting all three overboard, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Two of the men swam ashore, but a third victim did not make it back.

Police say the two men, who were safe ashore, pulled the third victim out of the water. They performed CPR on the man.

Manistee County Animal Control officer J.R. Nelson was able to get into a civilian’s boat, and arrive at the scene to take over CPR. The man was loaded into the civilian’s boat, and transported to the Highbridge Boat Launch, where EMS took over medical action.

The other two men were taken to the hospital for hypothermia treatment. The third victim was pronounced dead, police say.

Life jackets were not worn, and authorities say alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Manistee County Medical Examiner. The sheriff”s office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital EMS, the City of Manistee Fire Department/EMS, Dickson Township Fire/EMS, and Norman Township Fire/EMS.

Victims names will be released when family is notified. The investigation remains open; no further details are available at this time.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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