Sunday 4-3-11 Sad and tragic day at the lake. A father and 2 year old daughter take a spin in their small fishing boat and end up in the water. Neighbors, who had become friends within the last 6 months of the young couple with the little girl, were outside early and saw father and daughter shove off in their little craft and then went inside.
Shortly after they ventured out something went terribly wrong, amazingly no one has stepped forward that saw the duo go in the water, plenty of 911 calls went out in very short order as people who lived around the lake saw and empty boat spinning in circles, some heard screams of help. Rescue workers responded quickly from communities all around, some persons living on the lake rushed out in boats and plucked the girl from the water, she had been wearing a life jacket.
Rescue workers met the pontoon out on the lake and did what first responders do, the little one was unconscious but breathing lightly and was rushed to U of M Hospital. The search went on for the father who was found in 10-15 foot of water without a life jacket and was unconscious, he was taken to the hospital but died shortly thereafter. He had been in the water for 40 minutes.
This is such a sad story as the young couple had only moved into town in the last 6 months and father and daughter were so very excited for the summer season to get underway and spent many an hour at the lake shore or out in the water in their boat as soon as the ice went out. The father and his brother had just finished putting in the dock the day before. The mother is expecting a second child who will never know it's father. What a tragedy, our community is saddened and deeply touched.
It was a cold, cloudy and dreary day, I had left the house for church at 9 am and needed a winter coat. Authorities say the water temp was a chilly 41 degrees.
Articles are at links below http://www.annarbor.com/news/neighbor-of-whitmore-lake-drowning-victim-james-everard-recounts-rescue-effort-calls-neighbor-a-grea/