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Search suspended for missing in Lake Erie & Lake Michigan

Jul 5th, 2013 - State News

— Authorities suspended their search in western Lake Erie for a 36-year-old Detroit-area man who disappeared after jumping into the water to save an 8-year-old boy.

Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone says a 28-year-old woman called 911 about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, saying her boyfriend and son were in the water off Estral Beach. It's in Berlin Township, Michigan, 30 miles northeast of Toledo, Ohio.

Malone says the couple and boys ages 3 and 8 were on an unanchored boat. They're from Oakland County's Waterford Township.

He says the 8-year-old wore a life jacket and jumped into the water but couldn't return to the drifting boat.

Malone says the man wasn't wearing a jacket when he jumped in. A passing boat rescued the boy, but the man remained missing Thursday.

Authorities have also scaled back their search for a 47-year-old Grand Rapids-area man who has been missing for several days in Lake Michigan.

The decision came Wednesday, on the same day that family and friends held a funeral for John English in Grand Rapids.

The Coast Guard and local authorities began searching the water off Ferrysburg on Sunday when English disappeared after jumping from a boat about 3 miles from shore.

Ferrysburg is about 10 miles south of Muskegon.

English worked as a paramedic and lived in Walker.

Ottawa County sheriff's Lieutenant Steve Kempker says searchers now will limit the search to shoreline and surface waters.

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