Woman dies, boater still missing after fishing boat sinks in Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

The Michigan State Police were among several agencies that responded to a fishing boat that sunk in Lake Michigan Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023.

MANISTEE COUNTY, MI — A 77-year-old woman died Sunday, Aug. 27, when a fishing boat sank on Lake Michigan, four miles off the coast of the Village of Arcadia, officials said.

Another occupant in the 20-foot vessel, a 63-year-old Arcadia resident, remains missing, but three others aboard the boat survived, Manistee County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

Occupants of a neighboring boat responded to the sinking boat at about 9:30 a.m., locating four individuals in the water, sheriff’s officials said. The three survivors were a 69-year-old man, 82-year-old woman and 71-year-old woman.

Agencies still searching for the missing boater include Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, state police, Arcadia Fire Department, Frankfort Fire Department and Onekama Fire Department.

“We ask individuals who might come across the emergency responders working to please stay away from the area,” Manistee County Sheriff Brian Gutowski said in a statement.

Gutowski said the cause of the boat sinking remains under investigation and no further details are available.

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