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July 8, 2014

Swimmer’s body found in Stony Creek Lake

Divers still searching for Shelby man in Lake St. Clair

By Sarah Wojcik
C & G Staff Writer

The Macomb County Sheriff’s dive team recovered the body of a 44-year-old Hazel Park man at 8:30 a.m. July 8 from the waters near Baypoint Beach at Stony Creek Metropark.

The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Police Department called the Sheriff’s Office to assist in recovery efforts at about 7 p.m. July 7 after the victim’s nephew reported being unable to locate his uncle, said Macomb County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Michalke.

“They were swimming at Baypoint Beach. The younger man came out of the water and was packing things up to leave the park when he realized he couldn’t find his uncle,” Michalke said.

Approximately 40 minutes later, at around 7:30-7:40 p.m., Michalke said the Sheriff’s Office received another call about an incident on Lake St. Clair in which a 33-year-old Shelby Township man did not resurface from the water.

“Because of sketchy details at Stony Creek and the impending drowning in Harrison Township, our resources redeployed,” Michalke said.

He said seven people were aboard a 26-foot boat on Lake St. Clair approximately a half mile south of the Clinton River. A woman was hanging off the side of the boat when another woman on board jokingly pushed her in. When it became apparent that the first woman was having difficulty swimming, two persons jumped in to help, including the victim, Michalke said.

“The woman and the other swimmer got out of the lake, but the 33-year-old Shelby Township man did not resurface,” he said. “The sheriff’s dive team was out until 12:45 a.m. to no avail.”

Early on July 8, divers redeployed to Stony Creek and recovered the body of the 44-year-old Hazel Park man. Michalke said dive teams still were searching Lake St. Clair for the Shelby Township man.

He said the family of the Hazel Park man had either not yet been notified or was in the process of being notified, so he could not release the man’s name yet.

The Hazel Park man’s body, he said, was located near where dive teams discovered the body of 21-year-old Malcolm Robert Fairley, of Pontiac, last month. On June 1, Fairley jumped off a paddleboat he had rented with three friends near the boat launch, resurfaced once and then disappeared. His body was found three days later.

Michalke said he was not sure how the number of drowning deaths this summer compared to previous years, but that it was still early in the boating season.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at swojcik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1029.